John Macdonald, 19 Balallan

Last address in Lewis: 19 Balallan,
Son of William and Catherine Macdonald of 19 Balallan
Service unit: NONE
Date of death: 11 April 1917 at the age of 29
Drowned en route from Argentina to join up
Was not yet in military service - civilian. The SS Vine Branch on which he was travelling was torpedoed in the Bay of Biscay
Local memorial: Kinloch, Laxay

John was one of the children of William (1860) and Catherine (1862), the others being Alexander (1900), Donald (1888), Isabella (1891), John (1887), Kenneth (1896) and Roderick (1907). 

His brother Alexander served in the Gordon Highlanders; his brother Donald served in the  Merchant Navy. These two survived the war.

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