Introduction



Of the 30,000 people that lived in Lewis at the time of the 1911 census, some 6,200 joined up during the war.

Of these, more than 1,200 died during or after the conflict.

Of these, just over 200 were lost in the sinking of HMY Iolaire at the entrance to Stornoway harbour on 1st January 1919.

This site shows all the information and imagery that has been amassed about each of casualties from the Isle of Lewis in the First World War.

Donald Macleod, Knock, Point

Private DONALD MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 18 Knock, Point
Son of Hector and Annie Macleod
Service unit: Canadian Infantry
Service number: 79110
Date of death: 4 August 1916 at the age of 28
Interred: Nunton Cemetery, Benbecula
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial, Parish of Stornoway, Point division

Date of birth: 9 June 1888
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Brown
Religion: Presbyterian
Trade / occupation: Miner
Volunteered at Calgary on 16 November 1914

Donald (born 9 June 1888) and his siblings Alexander (1879), William (1880), George (1882), Isabella (1884), John (1886), Jessie (1890) and Mary (1893) were left orphaned following the death of their father through suicide in September 1894 (prompted by grinding poverty), and the death of their mothe on Christmas Day 1894. The children were taken in by the Quarrier Homes in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, who emigrated them to Canada in 1896. The girls went on one ship, the boys on another. Each was adopted by a separate family in Ontario.

Donald joined up at Calgary and lost his life in the war. His remains were erroneously transferred to Benbecula, but when his coffin arrived for the attention of the relatives of a Donald Macleod in Gramsdale, that man's family had just that day had confirmation that he was still alive, so they refused to take charge of the coffin. It was finally interred a week later at Nunton as Commonwealth War Dead.

Donald Macleod from Gramsdale, Benbecula, survived the war and died in 1952.

R Mackenzie, 24 Point Street, Stornoway

Seaman R MACKENZIE
Last known address in Lewis: 24 Point Street, Stornoway
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Excellent
Service number: 4160/B
Date of death: 28 February 1919 at the age of 33
Interred: Crossbost Cemetery (known to be buried there)

John Macdonald, 20 Sheshader

Seaman JOHN MACDONALD junior
Last address in Lewis: 20 Sheshader,
Son of Kenneth and Catherine Macdonald
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Emperor of India
Service number: 3074A
Date of birth: 7 December 1892
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 26
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Aignish / Eye Cemetery, grave C. 2. 18.
Local memorial: Point (Garrabost)

Donald Mackay, 21B Upper Shader

Sapper DONALD MACKAY
Last address in Lewis: 21B Upper Shader
Son of Murdo and Mary Mackay
Service unit: 106th Field Coy Royal Engineers
Service number: 66118
Was living at Euston. Enlisted in London
Date of death: 11 May 1916 at the age 36
Killed in action
Interred: Ecoivres Military Cemetery, grave I. K. 9.
Local memorial: North Lewis (Borve)
Came from South Africa to enlist.

Donald appears in the 1881 census at Barvas (a few miles from Shader), aged 1, son of Murdo (32) and Mary (27) and eldest brother of Murdo (aged 1 week). The 1891 census shows the family at 14 Ballantrushal, with Donald (11), Murdoch (9), Isabella (7), Angus (5), John (3) and Louis (1) as children of Murdoch (40) and Mary (33).

The Roll of Honour lists Alexander (?) and Murdo in the RNR, Louis was a sergeant major with the Australians, and was wounded; John also served, but no service unit is quoted.

Ernest Lewis Gillanders, 34 Francis Street, Stornoway

Private ERNEST LEWIS GILLANDERS
Last address in Lewis: 34 Francis Street, Stornoway
Service unit: 1st Scots Guards
Service number: 14042
Enlisted at Dundee
Date of death: 11 October 1918
Interred: Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny, grave I. F. 23

Ernest is shown in the 1891 census at 34 Francis Street, Stornoway, aged 1, the son of William  and Jemima Gillanders, and brother of Wm Mackay (9), Rose (6), MacKenzie (3) and Everard Francis (1). His father William (41) was born at Nigg, and was an Acct & District Comlter Clerk [Accountant]. His mother Jemima (34, nee Mackenzie) was born at Stornoway. The couple are shown, without children, in the 1881 census at 18 Francis Street. They were married at Helensburgh on 24 March 1881, just ten days before the 1881 census.

Ernest Lewis was one of twins, the other being Everard Francis. They were born at 10.20 am at 18 Francis Street on 4 November 1889.  Their father reported the birth on 26 November.

Frederick Charles, 32 Keith Street, Stornoway

Private FREDERICK CHARLES
Last address in Lewis: 32 Keith Street, Stornoway
Service unit: 4th Royal Irish Fusiliers
Service number: 18635
Date of death: 9 September 1915 at the age of 45
Died of drowning in the River Clyde
Interred: Glasgow Eastern Necropolis, grave 12. 2057.

Frederick is shown in the 1881 census of Stornoway, aged 11, living at 32 Keith Street, Back Court. He is a scholar, the son of Margaret (32) and  Frederick (a seaman, not present at census time) and brother of Johanna (13).

In 1891, Frederick appears in the census at 6 Blackburn Street, Govan, Glasgow, aged 21. He is a baker, living with his mother Margaret (46) and siblings Johanna (23) and Donald (14).

By 1901, Frederick (31) is married to Isabella Charles (27), and has a baby son, Kenneth, aged 9 months. They live at 136 Nelson Street, Govan; Frederick is a journeyman baker.

Frederick drowned in the River Clyde opposite berth no 12, Broomielaw, Glasgow. He is quoted as living at 89 Oran Street. It is mentioned he was a private in the 4th Royal Irish Fusiliers. At the time of his death, both his parents were deceased.

His birth certificate shows he was born in Stornoway.