Leading Seaman EVANDER MURRAY
Iomhair Mac Iain Mhic Sheorais
Last address in Lewis: 45 North Tolsta,
Son of John and Margaret Maciver Murray
Husband of Margaret Murray, of 45, North Tolsta, Stornoway.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Thames
Service number: 1829/D
Date of birth: August 1874
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 45
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: North Tolsta Cemetery
Local memorial: North Tolsta
We find Evander, aged 17, in the 1891 census as a fisherman in Tolsta (derived through enumeration district 25). He is the eldest son of John and "Mayant" (probably a corrupt rendition of Margaret), both aged 40. Their other children were Donald (15), John (13), Angus (11), George (9), Murdo (7) and Christina (7).
His brothers Murdo and George also served in the RNR, but survived the war.