View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 6 March 2009

Remembering Today - 6 March

Today on this day in the First World War, these two men from the Isle of Lewis laid down their lives for King and Country. RIP

Last address in Lewis: 62 North Tolsta,
Son of John and Margaret MacIver, of 62, North Tolsta, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Gordon Highlanders, Depot
Service number: 3/5668
Date of death: 6 March 1916 at the age of 26
Died of wounds in Brighton Military Hospital
Interred: North Tolsta Cemetery, Lewis
Local memorial: North Tolsta

Last address in Lewis: 27 South Dell,
Son of the late Angus and Catherine Murray, of 27, South Dell, Ness, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7233
Date of death: 6 March 1915 at the age of 21
Died of wounds sustained 2 days before. Died in hospital
Interred: Merville Communal Cemetery
Memorial reference: I. D. 9
Local memorial: North Lewis, Cross

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Hurricane update - 6 March

Tropical cyclone Hamish is currently located 120 miles / 200 km northeast of Cairns, Queensland, Australia. The storm is a category 2 system on the Saffir-System scale (Australia uses a slightly different scale, making it a category 3 storm). Hamish is expected to move parallel to the coast, approaching it gradually. Tomorrow, winds near the storm's centre are anticipated to exceed 115 mph. As it approaches the coast, the influence of land will cause some weakening.

Winds of 65 knots (75 mph) and more extend for 20 miles from the centre of the cyclone
Winds of 34 knots (40 mph) and more extend for 60 to 70 miles from the centre
A tropical cyclone WARNING is in force between Cooktown and Bowen in Queensland.
A tropical cyclone WATCH is in force between Bowen and Yeppoon.

More details and 3-hourly updates on the BOM Australia website.

Friday 6 March

Overcast and some light rain from time to time. Will be paying another visit to the library this afternoon to continue my collation of data for Faces from the War Memorial. The small print of the book that is my source strains the eyes - maybe the lighting has something to do with that? Oh, glasses. Yes, I wear glasses.

Years ago, I lived a few miles from a restaurant called the Mucky Duck. Since demolished for the construction of a high-speed raillink. I was reminded of it when I read that a Berkshire restaurant called the Fat Duck had left up to 400 of its patrons with sickness and diarrhoea. It is a Michelin-star rated place, where you have to shell out well in excess of £130 for a cover. The cause for the D&V is unknown; food poisoning has been ruled out.

Tropical cyclone Hamish continues to bear down on the Queensland coast, and looks set to peak at 90 knots, that is 105 mph, winds. By the time the storm reaches the coast, it will have lost some of its puff. Queensland can anticipate even more rain, following in the wake of two previous cyclones and the monsoon which left the state drenched.