Remembrance Day

Royal British Legion

Lest We Forget

Today is of course Remembrance Day, and to mark this I have decided to post a few links to various sites that have information relevant to the military service of the Western Isles.

Comann Eachdraidh Uig make their Roll of Honour available online, as well as featuring articles those who served from Uig.

Stornoway Historical Society has an article on the history of the Lewis War Memorial.

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis has an extensive article on the Iolaire sinking, and the subsequent enquiries into the disaster.

Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar has transcribed the recollections of Angus Murray, who survived ten days at sea in an open lifeboat after the ship Richmond Castle was sunk in 1942 by a u-boat, a very humble account from a man who saved the lives of his fellow crewmates with the skills learned from his youth fishing.

Faces from the Lewis Memorial, and its sister sites Harris War Memorial and Uist and Barra War Memorials (WWI and WWII) lists the names found on the respective islands memorials.

The Scottish War Graves Project is working to photograph all the war graves of Scotland, and have extensive material on the Western Isles.

This is just a small sample of the information available about those who served in the military in the Western Isles.  If you are interested, or want to share your family’s service with your Comann Eachdraidh, have a look at our website for their links, or contact tasglann@cne-siar.gov.uk and we will pass on your message. 

Last but not least remember that your local library has an extensive Local Studies collection.  You can check the catalogue here, or go old school and ask a librarian when you next visit.

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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