Seaman KENNETH SMITH
Last address in Lewis: 1 Earshader,
Son to John and Marion Smith
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Cove
Service number: 1620C
Date of birth: 6 October 1875
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 45
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Bosta, Great Bernera, Lewis
Local memorial: Great Bernera
From Hebridean Connections: After the Iolaire Disaster, his suitcase was recovered and found to contain gifts for his family including a fringed shawl, a silk scarf and a silk handkerchief with "Gibraltar" written on it, and some brown silk material that was later used to make a dress for his daughter Marion. Marion recalled that it was so fine it had to be lined with a dark material.
Kenneth was one of the children of John (1839) and Marion (1837), the others being Christina (1880), Margaret (1897, died in infancy), Mary (1875) and Murdo (1877).
His brother Murdo also served in the RNR, but survived the war.