Alexander Macleay, 10 Ballantrushal
Corporal ALEX MACLEAY
Last address in Lewis: 10 Ballantrushal,
Son of William MacLeay, of 10, Shader, Barvas, Stornoway, Lewis
Husband of Nellie Nicolson MacLeay, of 18, George St., Whiteinch, Glasgow.
Service unit: B Coy. 10th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, formerly Piper 4th A&SH
Service number: 4/8051
Enlisted at Paisley, Renfrewshire
Date of death: 12 October 1917 at the age of 33
Killed in action in France
Memorial: Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 141 to 143 and 162.
Local memorial: North Lewis, Borve
His brother Norman served in the Canadians and was wounded and gassed; his brother Donald also served with the Argylls, and survived the war.
A deep gloom was cast over Ballantrushal last Monday when it became known that Piper Alex Macleay, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, had been killed in action on the Western Front. He was a son of William Macleay, 10 Ballantrushal, and was a carpenter to trade. On the outbreak of war, he joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as a piper. He was a man of upright character, a most dutiful son, a genial and true friend, and a general favourite of all who knew him. Much sympathy is felt for his widow and two young daughters who are resident in Glasgow, and the whole community mourns with them in their irrepairable loss.