Finlay Macdonald, 3 Ranish

Last address in Lewis: 3 Ranish,
Son of Angus and Mary McDonald, of 3, Ranish.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMT Balfour
Service number: 7789/A
Date of birth: 27 January 1897
Date of death: 28 November 1917 at the age of 19
Ship was rammed and sunk off LV Royal Sovereign
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26,
Local memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost

His father Angus served in the Mercantile Marine Reserve, but survived the war.

Stornoway Gazette
Another name has to be added to the long list of Raerinish victims of the war. It is that of Finlay Macdonald, son of Angus Macdonald, 3 Raerinish. Finlay had just attained his 19th year. He was so light-hearted and fearless a lad as has ever gone forth from this township. Although young in years, he had already won a peculiar place in the affections of all who knew him. The genial and happy expression ever to be seen on his face and the gentleness of his every action gave him an individuality, irresistibly attractive. Great must be the grief of such a loving and dutiful son.

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