Thursday, 3 November 2011

Linked to Habost, Ness

Last address in Lewis: 51 Back Street, Habost, Ness
Son of Angus Mackenzie
Service: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 14327301
Date of death: 8 August 1944 at the age of 20
Interred: Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, grave V. B. 2

Norman is not mentioned in the Roll of Honour Ness to Bernera, or on the North Lewis War Memorial at Cross.  His name surfaced in a tribute in the Stornoway Gazette of 1 September 1944, which I reproduce below.

On August 19th, the sad news was received by Mr Angus Mackenzie (Aonghais Fhionnlaidh), 51 Back Street, Habost, that his second eldest son, Pte Norman Mackenzie, Seaforth Highlanders, has been killed in action in Normandy. Norman was a bright young lad of a little over 20 years of age. He was employed on work of national importance until he was called to a still more important task in the fight for freedom, in which he was now given his precious and promising young life. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his sorrowing father and mother and the rest of the family, of whom two others are serving their country.

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