Lt-Col. David Macleod has been wounded again; his name was on to-day’s list near that of Aleck Macaulay, Breasclet. The latter has been wounded on the head by shrapnel, not seriously, Catherine says… Stornoway, 10th May. 1917

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson, 10 May 1917

Mr Gibson’s letter this week brings news regarding a couple of wounded local boys serving in the war, as well as some more general information on peat cutting and how cold the weather was in Stornoway in May 1917. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk

Jean Dear,

Mr Clark has just been in for a bit having a smoke.  He and Billy are this year cutting their own peats, but he is not sure that Billy likes it for he “gives him a roar” if he finds him resting on his spade!  We were asking for Bessie, he says she is getting on well.  She has to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning to be in time for her train.  We were asking him if he was to be at the church plate on Sunday, as this is to be the first of the joint services, and we’ll be going to the parish church.  He says, however, it is not his turn at the plate.

Mamma was up in the afternoon seeing Mrs. Firth Maciver; this is the first time she has seen her since the husband’s death.

Lt-Col. David Macleod has been wounded again; his name was on to-day’s list near that of Aleck Macaulay, Breasclet.  The latter has been wounded on the head by shrapnel, not seriously, Catherine says.

I was asking to-day Willie Macdonald’s sister as to how he was getting on.  “Quite well,” she says.  He reported in his last letter that the Doctor says if he gets on as well as he is doing, he’ll soon be fit for Blighty.

I had a letter from Roddy “Hen” and he was all right at the time of writing.  Did I mention that Mrs Littlejohn is to examine the cooks next Monday, and who, do you think, is to examine the Mathematics this year?  Mr. Angus L. Macdonald.

Miss Harper is going away on Thursday next.  We are to have our staff tea for her on Wednesday.

I am busy reading Dr. Robert Maciver’s book still.  It has to be done slowly.  I find it very interesting, and I read stiff bits out to Mamma when she is in the midst of something interesting in her own book.

We are back to bad weather again – very cold and raw.  The Sixth Class room is a regular refrigerator again, and a cave of the winds at the same time.  I wonder when the merry month of May will take a thought and mend.

You Uncle Jamie is rather better but not quite clear of his trouble yet, and very hard-worked owing to the lack of men.

Give our remembrances to Maud.  With our best love.

Papa

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L45

Transcribed by Dawn Macdonald, Archive collections assistant

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