Murdo Macritchie, 37 Swainbost

Last address in Lewis: 37 Swainbost,
Son of Murdo and Annie MacKenzie MacRitchie, of 37, Swainbost, Ness, Stornoway.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Bulwark
Service number: 2164/A
Date of birth: 22 December 1885
Date of death: 26 November 1914 at the age of 37
Ship sunk by internal explosion at Sheerness
Interred: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, grave Naval 18. 924
Local memorial: North Lewis, Cross

Murdo is shown in the 1901 census, aged 16, at home in Swainbost with his parents Murdo (50) and Annie (46) as well as his siblings Angus (19), Donald (14), Peggy (12), John (9) and Annie (7).

His borthers Angus and John also served in the RNR;  John was interned in Holland during the war. Both these brothers survived the war.

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