Friday, 23 September 2011

Local connections: Ness, 1943

Associated with Fivepenny
Son of Donald and Jessie McLennan, of 2056 West Thirteenth Street, Vancouver.  
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service number: J/26332
Date of death: 24 June 1943 at the age of 19
Interred: Burnaby Masonic Cemetery, Plot 12. Sec. G. Grave 1.

You may think, what does a Canadian airman do in the listings for Fivepenny, Ness? Well, it was a tribute in the Stornoway Gazette for 20 August 1943 that made the connection - as the father came from Fivepenny.

Relatives and friends in the Ness district will regret to learn that P.O. Donald Maclennan, son of Mr and Mrs Donald Maclennan, 2056 West Thirteenth Street, Vancouver, has been killed in a flying accident in Eastern Canada. P.O. Maclennan, 19, was born in Vancouver and attended Lord Tennyson and Kitsilano High Schools and University of British Columbia. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in July last year and was later attached to the R.A.F. Ferry Command. Mr Donald Maclennan, snr., was a native of Fivepenny, Ness. His son had never been in Lewis.

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