Hector Martin, 43B Leurbost

Last address in Lewis: 43B Leurbost,
Son of Donald and Christina Martin, of 43, Leurbost
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Wallington
Service number: 12121/DA
Date of birth: 13 June 1898
Date of death: 1 July 1918 at the age of 21
Died of influenza
Interred: Crossbost Cemetery
Local memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost

Hector appears in the 1901 census, aged 3, the son of Donald (50) and Christy (45) and brother of Murdo (15), Roderick (9) and Mary (7).

Stornoway Gazette, 12 July 1918
On Tuesday 2nd July 1918, the sad news reached Leurbost of the death of Hector Martin, HMT, 29 years of age), 43 Leurbost. Only a few days before, a letter had been received from deceased himself, with the information that he was in his usual health. It is understood that he contracted the mysterious disease meantime so prevalent in all parts of the kingdom, which later developed into pneumonia. The remains were brought to Stornoway and were interred in Crossbost Cemetery on Sunday 7 July. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents who have another son, Neil, in hospital for over a year, suffering from trench fever.

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