Monday, 12 September 2011

The diaspora

I have found that there are quite a few casualties with connections to the Isle of Lewis than are officially recognised as such. No fewer than three such examples arose from an article in the Stornoway Gazette of 10 April 1942. The CWGC records for Ivor Morgan Macleod Rees, Walter Lewis Macleod Gilmour and Angus Victor Macleod Gilmour show no obvious connection to the island. Ivor's demise was noted in the Hampstead and Highgate Express. The Gazette adds the family relations, in that Walter and Angus are two cousins of Ivor's who also made the supreme sacrifice. The former two's parents originally came from Portvoller.

The names of all three men have now been added to the online WW2 tribute for Lewis.

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