Murdo Mackinnon, 8 Ranish

Last address in Lewis: 8 Ranish,
Son of Murdo McKinnon, of 8, Ranish Lochs, Stornoway, Scotland.
Service unit: 52nd Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Service number: 439185
Date of death: 19 May 1916 at the age of 25
Killed in action in France
Interred: Maple Copse Cemetery, grave II. C. 11
Local memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost

Murdo appears in the 1901 census, aged 10, the son of Murdo (43) and Mary (44), and brother of Sandy (16), Rodrick (12), Maryann (15), John (7), Malcolm (3) and John (3).

Four of his brothers, Roderick, John, Malcolm and John also served during the war, and survived. 

Highland News, 17th June, 1916

Raerinish War Casualties
To the severe losses sustained by this township in the war, two further casualties have to be added. The news has reached the village that Donald Macleod, son of Mr John Macleod, 11 Raerinish, has been killed in Mesopotamia. Donald Macleod, who was 19 years of age, was a private in the Seaforths. His brother Neil is, for the second time, reported wounded, this time seriously. Their father received the news of the casualties to his sons by two successive mails. At the same time the death of Murdo Mackinnon, in France, is announced. He was serving in the Canadians. He was twenty-five years of age, and one of five brothers taking part in the war, all of them being sons of Mr Murdo Mackinnon, 8 Raerinish.

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