Monthly Archives: February 2021

I had a postcard from Mr. Donald Maclean, who is now an artillery man in the south of Eng-land. He was to be put on for a course of signalling, but first they gave him a test in dictation. First Class Hons. in English was not sufficient! Oh, sapient military authorities! He is stand-ing the life all right, he says… Stornoway, 6th June. 1917

This week, Mr Gibson has news regarding a local man who is now an artillery man in the South of England, and he proudly passes on the latest from a former Nicolson student who is studying in Aberdeen. Mr Gibson … Continue reading

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Papa had the housecraft applications home the other evening making notes on them. There are 19 of them and they seem to be engaged in all sorts of jobs, almost none teaching. I suppose there would have been twice as many applying were it not for the Minch… Stornoway, 3rd June. 1917.

In her letter this week, Mrs Gibson updates Jean on the teacher applications for housecraft, a bereavement, and the well-being of a local man who is in the Labour Corps. Mrs Gibson also discloses to Jean how she has broken … Continue reading

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More bad news comes through from France – Archie Craig wounded and missing, probably killed, and Murdo Montgomery of the School Board Office, Johanna’s brother, his people have had no word from for three weeks, although he was in the habit of writing his home folk regularly… Stornoway, 31st May. 1917

Mr Gibson has more bad news for Jean this week sadly; two more local men are missing in action and presumed dead. He provides Jean with some general news about school activities, and also talks of the difficulty in getting … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on More bad news comes through from France – Archie Craig wounded and missing, probably killed, and Murdo Montgomery of the School Board Office, Johanna’s brother, his people have had no word from for three weeks, although he was in the habit of writing his home folk regularly… Stornoway, 31st May. 1917

Poor Willie Macleod has been killed in France. Dina was sent for on Friday just after she had gone to school. Isn’t it tragic! Poor Annie has been bad with asthma lately and Mrs. Macleod not at all well, so they are ill prepared for such a blow… Stornoway, 27th May. 1917

Mrs Gibson’s letter to Jean this week reports on the sad news of the death of a local lad killed in France, and an interesting reference to a Mr Keard at Dartmoor Prison. During World War One, Dartmoor was used … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Poor Willie Macleod has been killed in France. Dina was sent for on Friday just after she had gone to school. Isn’t it tragic! Poor Annie has been bad with asthma lately and Mrs. Macleod not at all well, so they are ill prepared for such a blow… Stornoway, 27th May. 1917