Finlay Maciver, 54 Lower Barvas

Son of the late Kenneth and Eliza Maciver. B.Sc. (Aberdeen).
Last address in Lewis: 54 Lower Barvas (Barvas Cottage)
Service unit: 13th Yorkshire Regiment (formerly 199 Army Veterinary Corps)
Service number: 33890
Enlisted at Stornoway
Date of death: 22 March 1918 at the age of 24
Killed in action in France
Mentioned on family gravestone in Bosta Cemetery, Great Bernera
Memorial: Arras Memorial, Bay 5
Local memorial: Nicolson Institute WW1, left panel

His brother James served in the US Army; his brother John A.served in the Ross Mountain Battery.  These two survived the war.

Stornoway Gazette, 12 April 1918
It was with feelings of deep regret that the people of this district [Barvas] learned of the death in action of Finlay Maciver, son of the gamekeeper, Mr Maciver. After a distinguished career at Aberdeen University, Finlay took his degree in agriculture in 1915 and soon afterwards enlisted voluntarily in the Veterinary Corps, where he attained the rank of sergeant. Some time ago, a number of members of that regiment were transferred to Infantry Regiments and he was attached to the 13th Yorkshires. On 21st March, his regiment went into the trenches and on the 22nd a shell, which landed on the fire bay, killed him and five others of his company.
During the short periods (during holidays which he had spent at Barvas) Finlay had endeared himself to all classes of the community and much sympathy is felt for the family in their sore bereavement.

Also mentioned in tribute to Nicolson Institute Old Boys

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