20 October 1944
It was with very deep regret that the village of Shader [Barvas] learned of the death in France of Pte Murdo Mackay, Black Watch, second eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Mackay, 21 Upper Shader. He had been away only seven weeks when the sad news was received. He was a bright and cheerful lad with a ready smile, which made him popular with young and old alike. He was always ready to help the needy and his kindness was amazing. To us who knew him so well, his death is made sadder still when we realise that he was only twenty years of age. To his sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters, we extend our sympathy in their loss of a loving and dutiful brother and son.