Angus Macdonald, Islivig
Rifleman ANGUS MACDONALD
Last address in Lewis: Islivig,
Youngest son of Donald and Annie MacDonald.
Service unit: 1st Bn 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Service number: 53380
Date of birth: 22 May 1889
Date of death: 4 December 1917 at the age of 30
Died of wounds
Interred: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, grave XXIV. B. 20
Enlisted at Napier, New Zealand, on 31 January 1917, aged 28.
Height: 5 ft 8 ½"
Hair: Light brown
Mrs Macdonald, UF Mission House, Gravir, received the sad intelligence on Thursday, 21st February 1918, that her brother Angus died of wounds in France on 4 December 1917. Angus left home in Islivig, Uig, at the age of 18½ years and went to the United States, where he served his apprenticeship to the granite monumental trade in Montpiller, Vermont. Shortly afterwards het set up business for himself in South Dakota with good success. However, through a desire to join his senior brother who was in New Zealand, he sold out and went there in 1915. He came under the Ballot there in 1917 and landed in France about the middle of October; was wounded on 1st December, and after undergoing an operation died on the 4th. He was a cheerful and sincere Christian young man, ever since his conversion, which happened after going to the United States, until he ended his short span of 28 years.