Monthly Archives: October 2021

Frank Maciver was in school on Friday looking years older Papa says. He is coming to tea with us tomorrow. I wish it had been when you were at home. He was in the retreat at Cambrai when the guns were lost but as it happened the gun he was on was got off as it had been half a kilometre to the rear of the main lot… Stornoway, 20th January. 1918

It’s Mrs Gibson’s turn to write to Jean again this week as Mr Gibson is still down with a bad cold. This week, she has heard from a few lads who are home on leave before heading back out to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frank Maciver was in school on Friday looking years older Papa says. He is coming to tea with us tomorrow. I wish it had been when you were at home. He was in the retreat at Cambrai when the guns were lost but as it happened the gun he was on was got off as it had been half a kilometre to the rear of the main lot… Stornoway, 20th January. 1918

Since Alick and Papa went out a boy has come in, a son of Macleod, Lochcroisten, who has only now managed in to school. He got as far as Achmore and has had to stay there from the day you got started south. Coming in today he followed the telegraph poles as no one could tell where the road was and he got his chin frost-bitten… Papa advised him to stay indoors till Monday to keep it from the cold… Stornoway, 17th January. 1918

In this week’s letter, Mrs Gibson has an update on the freezing weather the island is still suffering from. The weather was so cold that it caused one poor lad’s chin to get frost bitten on his way to school. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Since Alick and Papa went out a boy has come in, a son of Macleod, Lochcroisten, who has only now managed in to school. He got as far as Achmore and has had to stay there from the day you got started south. Coming in today he followed the telegraph poles as no one could tell where the road was and he got his chin frost-bitten… Papa advised him to stay indoors till Monday to keep it from the cold… Stornoway, 17th January. 1918

On Tuesday evening John Macdonald (1914), Ness, the lad who won the Military Medal in the R.G.A., came in to see us. He is on leave, but owing to the snow had been unable to start for Ness. We had a long and interesting talk with him on life at the front… Stornoway, 10th January. 1918

This week, Mr Gibson is glad to hear of Jean’s safe return to the mainland after her stay in Stornoway for Christmas. The Gibson’s had a visit this week from a Ness lad on leave who had been serving on … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on On Tuesday evening John Macdonald (1914), Ness, the lad who won the Military Medal in the R.G.A., came in to see us. He is on leave, but owing to the snow had been unable to start for Ness. We had a long and interesting talk with him on life at the front… Stornoway, 10th January. 1918