Private NORMAN MATHESON
Last address in Lewis: 36 Lower Barvas,
Son of Donald and Christina Matheson, of 36, Lower Barvas, Stornoway, Lewis.
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/6708
Enlisted at Stornoway
Date of death: 19 December 1914 at the age of 32
Killed in action
Interred: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Guinchy, grave V. A. 4.
His brother Donald served in the RNR and survived the war.
From the battalion war diary
Attack on "Bulge" in Ploegsteert wood by 11th Brigade. Demonstration all
along line by artillery, rifle, Machine Gun fire all day, culminating
with attack at 2.30pm. No reply at all by Germans to our Demonstration,
except by artillery. Tremendous bombardment of the enemy's trenches
after 2pm. Attack not altogether successful on account of the
waterlogged state of the ground, but some ground was made. Relieved in
the trenches about 10pm by R Irish Fusiliers. Very heavy downpour from
dark till after midgnith. Billetted at ROMARTIN. [No arrangements made
before and very dirty billets, got settled in about 2pm. One company (A)
went on to billets in LA CRECHE].