View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Monday, 26 January 2009

Remembering Today - 26 January

On this day in the First World War, these three men from the Isle of Lewis lost their lives in the service of King & Country. RIP.

Last address in Lewis: not recorded
Regiment or division: Merchant Marine
Date of death: 26 January 1917
Drowned in torpedoing of SS Ava

Last address in Lewis: 22 Swordale,
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Pembroke
Service number: 2223/D
Date of death: 26 January 1917 at the age of 38
Died of illness at home
Interred: Eye / Aignish Cemetery
Memorial reference: E. 2. 52

Quartermaster MURDO SMITH
Last address in Lewis: 25 Leurbost
Son of Isabella Smith (nee McLeod), of 25, Lurebost, Lochs, Stornoway, and the late John Smith.
Regiment or division: Merchant Marine, SS Ava
Date of death: January, 26th, 1917 at the age of 30
Ship sunk by U-boat
Memorial: Tower Hill
Local memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost

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