View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Remembering Today - 25 January

On this day in the First World War, this man from the Isle of Lewis lost his life in the service of King & Country. RIP.

Last address in Lewis: 22 Gravir,
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Nicolson, of 22, Gravis, Lochs, Stornoway, Ross-shire. Was present at Antwerp, 1914.
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Laurentic
Service number: 5305/A
Date of death: 25 January 1917 at the age of 22
Drowned in sinking of HMS Laurentic
Memorial: Chatham Naval, panel 26
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader

Burns Night 2009

Is there, for honest poverty
That hings his head, and a' that;
The coward-slave we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that
Our toils obscure, and a' that
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The Man's the gowd for a' that -

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, and a' that,
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine,
A Man's a man for a' that.
For a' that, and a' that,
Their tinsel show and a' that;
The honest man, though e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that. -

Then let us pray that come it may,
As come it will for a' that,
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth
Shall bear the gree, and a' that.
For a' that and a' that.
It's comin yet for a' that
That Man to Man the warld o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that