18 May 1945
A gloom was cast over the district when official notification was received that Malcolm Macinnes, second eldest son of Peter Macinnes, 2 Lemreway, was lost when his ship was sunk by enemy action. He had been home on leave just a fortnight before he was lost. Malcolm, an RNR, was called up on the outbreak of war, and, except for a few months' spell on shore duty after his call-up, he was throughout the years on service with a destroyer flotilla. Latterly he was engaged for more than a year in the hazardous task of escorting northbound Russian convoys. His accounts of the inevitable air and sea encounters off Norway were a tribute to the unflinching spirit of the men who go down to the sea in ships. He lost his wife in February 1943, and since then his two children have been staying with their maternal grandparents, Mr and Mrs John Macmillan, 32 Lemreway. Their aunt, Miss C.A. Macmillan, who was for many years a teacher at Seaforth Head Side School, relinquished the post on her sister's death to come home and nurse the baby daughter. To his aged father, who lost his eldest son in the Iolaire disaster, his brother and sister, and especially to the two orphan children and their grandparents and family who are doing so much for them, the sympathy of the entire community is extended.