Saturday, 28 January 2012

Malcolm Crockett, 9 Bayhead, Stornoway

Last address in Lewis: 9 Bayhead Street, Stornoway
Son of James and Annie Crockett, of 14, Point St., Stornoway.
Service unit: 1st Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 3/6013
Date of death: 24 October 1914 at the age of 20
Killed in action
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, Panel 39 to 41
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial; Nicolson WW1 memorial, left panel
Was at the front for only 3 weeks

Joined the Army Reserve, Gordon Highlanders on 20 March 1912, aged 18
Height: 5 ft 4½ ins
Weight 130 lbs
Eyes: grey
Hair: red
Occupation: Fisherman
Was mobilised on 8 August 1914
Was sent to the front on 7 October 1914

The 1901 census shows Malcolm, aged 6, at home at 5 Keith Street, Stornoway, with his father James (34) and mother Annie (33), as well as his older siblings Helen Ann (13), James (10), Jessie (8) and younger brother William [Wm], aged 2. James Crockett was a fisherman, originally from Lossiemouth. His wife Annie was born in Stornoway.

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