We were greatly distressed yesterday when news came to the town of the death in action of Willie P. Macleod in Mesopotamia on Nov. 4. He would never have heard of Dawtie’s death. Papa had a letter from him last week and posted a letter to him on Sunday night. He wrote in good health and spirits. We are afraid to think of his poor mother and sister… Stornoway, 29th November. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 29th November 1917

In Mrs Gibson’s short letter this week, she passes on the sad news of another death of a local lad who was killed in action in Mesopotamia. She also brings Jean up to speed on some of the social gatherings that occurred this week. 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

Dear Sheann,

This is Thanksgiving holiday and in the late afternoon we went out to see the people at Laxdale.  We have just got back at nearly ten o’clock so you will not expect much of a letter.  Tomorrow is also a holiday with a view of saving the coal.  It is still raining here as it has been for so many weeks now.

We were greatly distressed yesterday when news came to the town of the death in action of Willie P. Macleod in Mesopotamia on Nov. 4.  He would never have heard of Dawtie’s death.  Papa had a letter from him last week and posted a letter to him on Sunday night. He wrote in good health and spirits.  We are afraid to think of his poor mother and sister.

Papa had a visit in school from Neil Macdonald on Tuesday.  He invited him to come to tea and I got a nice tea ready but he did not come.  Did you know he has the M.C.  We hear that Kenneth Maciver (Margaret’s brother) has also got it.

Sorry you found the Nat. Phil. so difficult but better luck next time.  The questions looked very difficult to me!

I enclose Aunt Dean’s latest letter.  You will write her a nice little note of thanks but I suppose you will want to come home.  It won’t be long now either.

Hope you had a nice evening at the English “At home”.  Am looking forward to hearing all about it.

The Clarks are expecting Mr. & Mrs. Menzies home next week.  It seems Mr. Jenkins is going away and there are hopes the congregations will remain joined under Mr. M. I do hope so.

4/11 for slippers – some thrift. Even the wearing pair I got in Glasgow were 7/6 I think.  Don’t be too too stingy to yourself you know we like you to be nice as well as decent.

Barrie is very glad we have come home.  He came “courring” out of his bed to me and got milk forthwith.  He has a good “ounce”.  Now to catch the post. 

Love from us both.  Your loving Ma

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L15

Transcribed by Vivienne Parish, Museum Visitor Assistant

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