Thursday, 24 February 2011


One of the entries in Faces from the Lewis War Memorial turned out to have erroneous information linked to it. When cross-referencing entries in the Roll of Honour against the CWGC files, it is quite easy to fall into the trap, laid by the fact that there are so few different first names and surnames in Lewis. This can result in a CWGC entry being linked to two people with the same name - and a bit of research to find the correct entry for one of them.

Last address in Lewis: 43 Ranish,
Son of Leod Macleod
Date of death: 25 April 1915 at the age of 25
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 9258
Killed in action
Interred: Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, grave B. 1. (Headstone "A" 6).
Local memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Had served 5 years with the army in India

Angus had posed problems for other researchers as well, but it was concluded that he is the most likely candidate. I was quite confident of this as well, after searching on turned out an Angus Macleod, born in Lochs, with army reg 9258 and dying on 25 April 1915. But it does not help that his surname was spelt MacCleod in some files.

And there are more than 70 others that I have not been able to link to a CWGC entry. Some of those just aren't on there, as they do not qualify, or cannot be identified beyond doubt. Others may have incorrect information linked to them from the Roll of Honour (a document full of errors), making it very difficult to track them down.

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