25 August 1944
The death took place in hospital in Liverpool on August 14th of Neil Stewart, merchant seaman, of 39 Seaview Terrace, Stornoway, at the age of 51. Before the war, he was employed at the quarry crushing plant. He volunteered for the patrol service, but was rejected on the grounds of age. Determined to do his bit, he joined the merchant navy. For a time his ship was on the British coast and was several times dive-bombed. Later he was transferred to the Mediterranean and his ship was engaged in running with ammunition from North Africa to Italy. While he was in the Mediterranean, he took seriously ill and was sent to hospital in Gibraltar. Later, it was possible for him to return to this country, but, on arrival, he had to go into hospital in Liverpool, where he remained until his death. While he was in Liverpool, his wife and three eldest children were able to visit him. the remains were brought home to Lewis for burial, and the funeral service on Friday was conducted by Rev Kenneth A Macrae, MA. MR Stewart is survived by his widow, one son, Donald, in the navy, and four daughters - Hetty, Marie, Agnes and Mary - of whom the two eldest are in the WRNS. He served in the navy on the last war and his two brothers made the supreme sacrifice.