Murdo Nicolson, 1 Crowlista

Last address in Lewis: 1 Crowlista,
Son of Catherine Nicolson, of 1, Crowlista, and the late Donald Nicolson.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMML 10
Service number: 4258/SD
Date of birth: 7 June 1897
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 21
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire, was never found
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 32
Mentioned on family gravestone in Ardroil Cemetery, Lewis
Local memorial: Uig, Timsgarry

Murdo appears in the 1901 census at 1 Crowlista, aged 3, the son of Donald (55) and Catherine (45), and brother of Catherine (22), Alexander (20), John (16), Rachel (14), Norman (12), Donald (9), Kenneth (7), Marion (5) and Murdo (3). The 1891 census also shows the oldest son Murdo (14).

Four of his brothers also served; the older Murdo in the RNR, Norman in the Royal Engineers and Kenneth in the Royal Naval Division - he was interned in Holland during the war. Donald served in the Seaforth Highlanders, but died in hospital in 1917.

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