Seaman FINLAY MACDONALD
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.
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.