Monthly Archives: April 2022

I don’t know whether you heard that they had prizes in Story. in connection with the War Savings Certifs., and among the 16,000 numbers from which they drew one of the successful one is one of your certificates. This will entitle you to one £1 certif., which I shall duly claim one of these days for you… Stornoway, 5th May. 1918.

This week, Mr Gibson updates Jean on their visitors over the past few days and has news regarding a new teacher starting at the Nicolson. There is also an interesting reference to Jean and her War Savings Certificate. This was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on I don’t know whether you heard that they had prizes in Story. in connection with the War Savings Certifs., and among the 16,000 numbers from which they drew one of the successful one is one of your certificates. This will entitle you to one £1 certif., which I shall duly claim one of these days for you… Stornoway, 5th May. 1918.

Mr. Maciver, Tong, came in the other evening to tell us that Frank was in hospital at Tonbridge Wells – gassed. They had heard twice from the hospital about him but that day they had had a short note from himself. Mr. Maciver’s mother was buried on Tuesday. Her heart had been very bad for a long time… Stornoway, 2nd May. 1918

This week’s news from Mrs Gibson to Jean includes some of the activities her and Mr Gibson have undertaken, as well as various encounters with friends and acquaintances throughout the week. She also has some updates from a few local … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mr. Maciver, Tong, came in the other evening to tell us that Frank was in hospital at Tonbridge Wells – gassed. They had heard twice from the hospital about him but that day they had had a short note from himself. Mr. Maciver’s mother was buried on Tuesday. Her heart had been very bad for a long time… Stornoway, 2nd May. 1918

Mamma has already told you the sad news of John Munro’s death. Lachlan Macleod of the 1914 class had been reported missing and was believed killed, but word has come that he is a prisoner of war. Terrible fighting is still going on, and folk who have boys in it are very anxious. Roddie Fraser has already been in the front line. Mr. Jas. P. Anderson is wounded and in hospital at Stockport. It is in the leg, not bad, he says & he expects to be soon sent out again… Stornoway, 28th April. 1918

In his letter to Jean this week, Mr Gibson has further sad news regarding the local lads away at war, including news that one lad has been taken captive as a prisoner of war. He also, interestingly, explains his potato … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mamma has already told you the sad news of John Munro’s death. Lachlan Macleod of the 1914 class had been reported missing and was believed killed, but word has come that he is a prisoner of war. Terrible fighting is still going on, and folk who have boys in it are very anxious. Roddie Fraser has already been in the front line. Mr. Jas. P. Anderson is wounded and in hospital at Stockport. It is in the leg, not bad, he says & he expects to be soon sent out again… Stornoway, 28th April. 1918

You will be very sorry I know to hear that John Munro was killed on the 16th. April. Papa and I both feel it very much as John had endeared himself to us both. He was here last January I think. Angus Smith, John’s (Mc.D’s) brother was in school today. He was wounded in the great battle… He managed to destroy his gun by throwing it into a shell-hole and a bomb after it. Then he had to fight his way out. He still has shrapnel in his back… Stornoway, 25th April. 1918

Dear Sheann, Your letter came this morning and we were interested to hear of all your doings.  We too hope you wont need to take the Nat. Phil. Class. That would be a pity! John Macdonald from Salonika has just … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You will be very sorry I know to hear that John Munro was killed on the 16th. April. Papa and I both feel it very much as John had endeared himself to us both. He was here last January I think. Angus Smith, John’s (Mc.D’s) brother was in school today. He was wounded in the great battle… He managed to destroy his gun by throwing it into a shell-hole and a bomb after it. Then he had to fight his way out. He still has shrapnel in his back… Stornoway, 25th April. 1918

There has been word of some more of the boys – Angus Bain is reported as severely wounded, Alex. Graham has been wounded in the head a second time, Malcolm Macleod, Steinish, has been killed and also Aleck Nicolson, the boy who used to be with us from Skye… Stornoway, 21st April. 1918

Mr Gibson has troubling news this week regarding some of the local lads away at war. He also reports on his potato patch at the manse garden and the allotment, and he also shares what appears to be his own … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on There has been word of some more of the boys – Angus Bain is reported as severely wounded, Alex. Graham has been wounded in the head a second time, Malcolm Macleod, Steinish, has been killed and also Aleck Nicolson, the boy who used to be with us from Skye… Stornoway, 21st April. 1918