Title picture: Cloudscapes, Stornoway, 1 February 2017

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Remembering Today - 3 March

Today on this day during the First World War, this man from the Isle of Lewis lost his life in the service of King and Country. RIP.

Seaman ALEX MACRAE
Last address in Lewis: 10 Aignish
Son of Evander and Christina MacRae, of 10, Aignish, Stornoway, Ross-shire.
Regiment / service: HMT Calliope II, Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: 7255DA
Date of death: 3 March 1916 at the age of 25
Drowned at sea in collision with SS Dane off Butt of Lewis
Memorial / cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 19
Local memorial: Point (Garrabost)

Remembering Today - 2 March

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

Leading Deckhand JOHN MACAULAY


Last address in Lewis: 7 Islivig,
Regiment or division: Merchant Marine, SS Kenmore
Date of death: 2 March 1918 at the age of 37
Ship sunk by U-boat
Lewis Memorial: Uig, Timsgarry

Private DONALD MACLEOD
Last address in Lewis: 39B Ranish,
Son of Catherine MacLeod, of 39, Ranish, Lochs, Stornoway, Lewis.
Regiment or division: 1st Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 3/6210
Date of death: 2 March 1916 at the age of 18
Killed in action in France
Memorial: Ypres, Menin Gate
Memorial reference: Panel 38
Local memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost

Private NORMAN MACKAY
Last address in Lewis: 1 Upper Bayble,
Regiment or division: 1st Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 3/5614
Date of death: 2 March 1916 at the age of 25
Killed in action
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate), panel 38
Lewis Memorial: Point (Garrabost)

Wednesday 4 March

Overcast today, but with glimpses of a glorious, bright red sunset at around 6pm. Feeling cold, with occasional showers. Only 5C today.

Last week's crash at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport appears to be attributable to a faulty altimeter. This misled the crew to believe they were about to touch down, whereas in fact they were still several hundred feet up in the air. When they realised their mistake, it was too late for the plane to be able to regain height. Nine people died in the crash.

The Italian bishop for Modena has asked people to give up texting, social networking and computer games for Lent. Don't think that's gonna happen in a hurry. The Italians are the second-most prolific texters behind the British.