Norman Nicolson, 5 Valtos

Last address in Lewis: 5 Valtos
Son of Donald and Catherine Nicolson of Crowlista
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, SS Souma
Service number: 4362/SD
Date of death: 30 July 1917 at the age of 28
Ship sunk by U-94 northnortheast of Shetland whilst en-route from Lerwick to Archangelsk
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26
Local memorial: Uig, Timsgarry

Norman appears in the 1891 census, aged 2, the youngest child of Donald (45) and Catherine (35). His siblings were Christina (15), Murdo (14), Catherine (12), Alexander (11), Kenneth (9), John (6) and Rachel (4). In 1901, the family have relocated to 1 Crowlista, and another 4 children have been born meanwhile: Donald (9), Kenneth (7), Marion (5) and Murdo (3).

Stornoway Gazette
Official information was received on Friday (10th August 1917) that Seaman Norman Nicolson, cousin of Donald Nicolson (1 Crowlista) was missing since the end of July, when his ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat. His poor mother is heartbroken at the loss of her son, who was her sole support. He was to her a most helpful and dutiful son, and in his actions a gentleman to all he met. The sympathy of all is extended to his mother and other near relatives.  

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