View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 25 June 2010


Friday is in its last hour and the light is slowly fading. Yep, it's past 11 at night and it's only just getting dark here. Fantastic sunset tonight, with many bright colours. Will share pics later, when I upload them. Spent the day writing blogposts on the Shell Gallery about the holiday on Vlieland, also tracing two Scottish casualties from the Second World War who lie buried in the cemetery on that isle. They were mostly aircrew of planes downed by the German anti-aircraft battery (FLAK).

Friday 25 June

First day back in Stornoway after my fortnight's holiday in Holland, and trying to get myself organised. It is a grey, overcast day, with some spots of rain. Felt cold earlier on, but the mercury is at 15C / 59F, so no real complaints. I am still putting pics and blogposts on the Shell Gallery, which will take me a wee while yet.

Today is the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, which was to claim 4 million lives.Of the UN personnel deployed across the Korean peninsula, at least 4 came from Lewis. The war memorial at Carloway mentions:

K Macarthur, 42 Park Carloway (USMA)
M Macaskill, 6 Doune Carloway (US Marines)
A Mackay, 4 Kirivick (US airforce)
M Macleod, 8 Kirivick (US airforce)

I am not able to ascertain at this stage if other men from Lewis also fell in Korea.