Monthly Archives: March 2021

Did we mention that Mr. Roderick Macrae’s mother died last week? He was allowed home for the funeral and was in seeing us last night before going south again. He is now in Yorkshire and is liking the training quite well. He is specialising as a range-finder. Edward Mackenzie also has been home for a few days and is now entering on his cadet training. He was in to see us… Stornoway, 21st June. 1917

Mr Gibson brings news of a local bereavement which sees the son, who was away at war, coming home to attend the funeral. He has also had a visit from another man who is home on leave this week. Mr … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Did we mention that Mr. Roderick Macrae’s mother died last week? He was allowed home for the funeral and was in seeing us last night before going south again. He is now in Yorkshire and is liking the training quite well. He is specialising as a range-finder. Edward Mackenzie also has been home for a few days and is now entering on his cadet training. He was in to see us… Stornoway, 21st June. 1917

Papa and I were round the Target Hill this afternoon. Broad Bay was that Reckitt’s blue which always surprises one afresh and looked as peaceful as if there were no such things as submarines. We are to have a torpedo destroyer flotilla at Sy. now. I think it is high time too. There are quite a number in harbour today… Stornoway, 17th June. 1917

In her latest letter, Mrs Gibson fills Jean in on all the people she has visited and entertained this week, including a gentleman who is home on leave, and reports on the new torpedo destroyer flotilla they are to have … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Papa and I were round the Target Hill this afternoon. Broad Bay was that Reckitt’s blue which always surprises one afresh and looked as peaceful as if there were no such things as submarines. We are to have a torpedo destroyer flotilla at Sy. now. I think it is high time too. There are quite a number in harbour today… Stornoway, 17th June. 1917

New ‘Sònraichte’ Project Collections Officer

Hi! I’m Samantha, the new ‘Sònraichte’ Project Collections Officer. I want to take the opportunity to introduce myself to the community so that you have a little idea of what brought me to the Outer Hebrides and what I’m planning … Continue reading

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As all our photographic experts are away, I offered to take some snapshots of the sixth that they might not be without a 1917 picture. They turned out not so badly for a first effort at a group. I am enclosing two… Stornoway, 14th June. 1917

In Mr Gibson’s letter this week, we see an interesting mention of Miss Angus’s new sphagnum moss picking company. During WW1, people all over the UK were collecting ‘bog moss’ for its antiseptic and wound dressing properties. Mr Gibson also … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on As all our photographic experts are away, I offered to take some snapshots of the sixth that they might not be without a 1917 picture. They turned out not so badly for a first effort at a group. I am enclosing two… Stornoway, 14th June. 1917

I was speaking to Jeanie Craig on Saturday night. No news of Archie! She is going away soon, to S. Shields I think, where her husband has taken a furnished house. She has anoth-er baby now and her mother is going south with her for the change and to help her with the babies. It will be better for her than brooding at home… Stornoway, 11th June. 1917

Mrs Gibson writes to Jean this week about the rushed wedding of a local girl to a young service man, and reports on the worried families of two local men who seem to be missing in action. There has also … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on I was speaking to Jeanie Craig on Saturday night. No news of Archie! She is going away soon, to S. Shields I think, where her husband has taken a furnished house. She has anoth-er baby now and her mother is going south with her for the change and to help her with the babies. It will be better for her than brooding at home… Stornoway, 11th June. 1917