Colin Alexander Smith, 27 Balallan

Last address in Lewis: 27 Balallan,
Son of Malcolm and Margaret Smith, of Sheildenish, Lochs;
Husband of Colina Smith, of 27, Balallan, Lochs, Stornaway.
Father of 4 children
Service unit: B Coy, 7th Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: S/16972
Enlisted at Dingwall
Date of birth: 20 April 1882
Date of death: 28 June 1918 at the age of 37
Killed in action
Interred: Meteren Military Cemetery, grave V. B. 592.
Local memorial: Kinloch, Laxay

Colin Alexander was one of the 14 children of Malcolm (1856) and Margaret (1835), the others being Alexander (1875, died aged 11 months), Ann (1868), Catherine (1857), Christine (1871), Donald (1873), Isabella (1877, died aged 6 days), Isabella (1884, died aged 6 days), John (1875, died aged 2 months), John (1867, died aged 2 months), John (1861, died aged 2 years), Margaret (1878), Mary (1864) and Murdo (1859).

Stornoway Gazette, 12 July 1918
The deepest gloom has been cast over the whole village and district owing to receipt of the news that Signaller Colin Smith, Seaforths, of 27 Balallan, ahd paid the supreme sacrifice in France on 28 June 1918. Mr Smith, who prior to the war was both merchant and sub-postmaster, was held in the highest esteem by the whole community and much genuine sympathy is extended to his young sorrowing widow and family and other relatives.

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