Title picture: Cloudscapes, Stornoway, 1 February 2017

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Remembering Today - 13 January

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

Seaman JOHN STEWART
Last address in Lewis: 50 Vatisker
Son of Kenneth Stewart, of 50, Vatisker, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment / service: HMS Pembroke, Royal Navy
Service number: 3131/A
Date of death: 13 January 1917 at the age of 27
Died of illness
Memorial / cemetery: Gress Cemetery
Local memorial: Back

Seaman DUNCAN MACKINNON
Last address in Lewis: 18 Brue
Son of Malcolm and Kirsty McKinnon, of Brue Barvas; husband of Annie McKinnon, of 18, Brue Barvas, Stornoway, Ross-shire.
Regiment / service: HMS Viknor, Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: 3053/B
Date of death: 13 January 1915 at the age of 40
Drowned in mining of HMS Viknor
Memorial: Chatham Naval, panel 14

Seaman ALEX MACIVER
Last address in Lewis: 26 Leurbost
Son of Donald and Margaret Maciver, of 26, Luerbost, Locks, Stornoway, Ross-shire.
Regiment / service: HMS Viknor, Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: 2523A
Date of death: 13 January 1915 at the age of 24
Ship sunk by mine
Memorial / cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 14

Private KENNETH MACINNES
Last address in Lewis: 3 Coulregrein
Regiment / service: 1st, Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 10637
Date of death: 13 January 1916
Killed in action in Mesopotamia
Memorial / cemetery: Basra Memorial, Iraq, Panel 37 and 64
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial

Close of era

Ken points out that when the Bush family leave the White House in a week from now, they will do so minus one family member: their cat. The 18-year old feline died on Sunday.

I never had a lot of time for George W.'s politics (Iraq, Katrina, US healthcare to name but a few disasters), but as a cat-lover myself feel very sad that he and his family lost Sierra. Her death will certainly mark the end of an era, in more ways than one.

From a personal point of view, I wish them well.

13 January

Bright and sunny this afternoon, not cloudless though. Am watching the lunchtime ferry coming into port, a wee bit on the late side. Further south, the search is continuing for the seaman, who went missing in the early hours of Boxing Day. A helicopter undertook several sweeps of the area in the north of the island of South Uist, some 75 miles south of Stornoway. No trace was found, in spite of hopes that gales over the weekend would have uncovered something.

An on-line petition has been set up to be handed to Prime Minister Gordon Brown by April 20th, for him to investigate the excessive delivery charges for people in remote areas of Scotland, such as the Western Isles and Highlands. Anything delivered by Royal Mail, provided it weighs less than 25 kg, will be subject to one rate irrespective of destination. The same should apply to private delivery companies. Please note: only UK residents can sign the petition.