Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Remembering today - World War II

Today, the Netherlands remembers its war dead from the occupation by Nazi Germany from 10 May 1940 until 5 May 1945. A two-minute silence will be observed across the country at 8pm (local time) this evening. Whilst the formal surrender of the occupying forces was taken on May 5th, the commemoration always takes place the evening before.

As part of that event, I am listing those from the Isle of Lewis who fell in 1944 and 1945, liberating of the Netherlands from the yoke of Nazism. In fact, it is this sacrifice that wholly underpins my work listing the war dead from Lewis from the two World Wars, and associated historical research - as listed on this blog and other websites.

Last address in Lewis: 3 Ropework Road, Stornoway
Service: 1st Parachute Regiment
Service number: 1694398
Date of death: 20 September 1944 at the age of 30
Killed in action at Arnhem

Last address in Lewis: 22 New Shawbost
Service: 53rd Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C.
Service number: 14239780
Date of death: 2 October 1944 at the age of 20
Interred: Oisterwijk (St Peter) Roman Catholic Cemetery, grave 8
Local memorial: West Side, Bragar

Last address in Lewis: 7 Bennadrove Road, Stornoway
Son of Andrew and Mary Fraser, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Service: 5th Cameron Highlanders
Service number: 2939689
Date of death: 5 October 1944 at the age of 22
Fought from El Alamein to Tunis, then Sicily. Formally declared dead in October 1945.
Interred: Uden War Cemetery (Holland), grave 6. C. 13.

Last address in Lewis: 83 Keith Street, Stornoway
Son of John and Henrietta Mackenzie, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Service: 144 Coy, Pioneer Corps
Service number: 7928916
Date of death: 1 November 1944 at the age of 37
Killed in action at Walcheren
Memorial: Groesbeek, panel 10

Angie Oily
Last address in Lewis: 24 Newvalley
Son of John and Annie MacLean, of Laxdale, Isle of Lewis.
Service: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Service number: 14225928
Date of death: 4 December 1944 at the age of 22
Lost at Eindhoven, whilst acting infantryman
Interred: Mierlo War Cemetery, grave II. F. 9.
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial 

Last address in Lewis: 7 East Street, Sandwick
Service: 7th Cameron Highlanders
Service number: 3249793
Date of death: 19 January 1945 at the age of 27
Killed in action near Sittard, Holland.
Took out machinegun post alone, but was shot by sniper
Mentioned on family gravestones in the cemeteries at Eye and Sandwick, Lewis
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial

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