Seaman ALLAN THOMSON
Last address in Lewis: 15 Swainbost,
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Pembroke
Service number: 3047/B
Born in March 1874
Date of death: 26 October 1914 at the age of 45
Died in hospital at Chatham
Interred: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, grave Naval. 14. 704
Local memorial: North Lewis, Cross
Allan appears in the 1871 census, aged 9 months, at home with his parents John (39) and Levala (38), as well as his siblings Kate (15), John (10), Alexander (10), Mary (7) and Ann (4). In 1871, the census shows Allan (10) at 10 Swainbost with his parents John (50) and Sofia (51) as well as his siblings Cathrine (25), John (21), Mary (17), Anne (14) and Margaret (7).
By 1901, Allan (30) appears to be head of the household at 13 Swainbost, with his sister Ann (33), who is housekeeper. This situation remains unchanged in the 1911 census, although by then Allan seems to be resident at no 15. His brother appears to be resident next-door at 14 Swainbost.