Alexander Maciver, 26 Leurbost
Seaman ALEX MACIVER
Last address in Lewis: 26 Leurbost,
Son of Donald and Margaret Maciver, of 26, Luerbost.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Viknor
Service number: 2523A
Date of birth: 2 June 1889
Date of death: 13 January 1915 at the age of 24
Ship sunk by mine
Mentioned on family gravestone in Crossbost Cemetery, Lewis
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 14
Alexander appears in the 1889 census, aged 1, the son of Donald (45) and Margaret (34), and grandson of Roderick (81) and Ann (74), at Trantom Cottage. Also present are his siblings Mary (10), Isabella (5) and Ann (4). A decade later, Johanna (8), Murdo (6), Roderick (5), George (2) and Donald (6 months) have joined the family; grandfather Roderick is aged 90 by that time.
His brother Roderick served in the Gordon Highlanders, and Murdo was in the RNR. These two survived the war.