Allan Mackinnon, 18 Brue

Last address in Lewis: 18 Brue,
Son of Malcolm and Christina MacKinnon (nee Matheson), of Brue
Husband of Effie MacKinnon, of 61, South Bragar, Barvas, Stornoway, Lewis.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, SS Torcello
Service number: 3322C
Date of death: 8 January 1917 at the age of 37
Died of dysentry in Alexandria
Interred: Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, grave A 25

Allan appears in the 1901 census at 18 Brue, aged 19, the son of Malcolm (55) and Chirsty (57), and brother of Duncan (27), Charles (22) and Kenneth (16).

His brother Duncan also served in the RNR but was lost early in 1915; his brother Charles served with the Canadians and was a POW in Germany, he survived the war. So did his brother Kenneth who was in the RNR.

Stornoway Gazette, February 1917
Official notification has been received by his wife and parents residing at 18 Brue of the death of Leading Seaman Allan Mackinnon, RNR. He died of dysentery in hospital at Alexandria on the 8th [January 1917]. The sad news cast a gloom over the district where he was so popularly known. Much sympathy is felt for the parents who lost another son through drowning on HM ships. Another son, serving with Canadians, is a prisoner-of-war in Germany and one is serving in the Royal Navy. Mackinnon leaves a young widow and child, to whom the deepest sympathy of the community goes forth.

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