Malcolm Macleod, 28 Swainbost

Last address in Lewis: 28 Swainbost,
Son of Murdo and Chirsty MacLeod, of 28, Swainbost Ness, Stornoway, Ross-shire.
Service unit: Royal Navy Voluntary Reserve, HMS Maidstone
Service number: J/65506
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 20
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire, was never found
Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 31
Local memorial: North Lewis, Cross

We find Malcolm in the 1901 census, aged 5, at 28 Swainbost with his parents Murdo (41) and Christy (40) as well as siblings Malcolm (11), Donald (9), John (7) and Annie (3).

Malcolm was one of five men from a family, a father and four sons, who served in the war. His brother John was lost serving in the Seaforths; Malcolm was lost in the Iolaire; Murdo was in the Cameron Highlanders; Malcolm in the RNR; Donald in the Seaforths.

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