Saturday, 28 January 2012

Murdo Montgomery, 31 Bayhead, Stornoway

Last address in Lewis: 31 Bayhead Street, Stornoway
Only son of Catherine Montgomery, of 18, Mackenzie St., Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and the late Robert Montgomery.
Service unit: 11th Royal Scots Fusiliers
Service number: 38627
Date of death: 3 May 1917 at the age of 22
Killed in action in France
Interred: Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux, grave I. B. 23
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial; Nicolson WW1 memorial, right panel

Murdo is shown in the 1901 census with his mother Catherine (32), and siblings Barbara (14), Johan (4), Peggy and Robert Rory (aged 1). Catherine is a fisherman's widow; she lost her husband Robert on 7 May 1900 at the age of 40, as a result of consumption of the lungs, which had affected him for 6 months. Robert Montgomery was known as Ruadh and lived at 17 Cromore.Catherine (nee Macleod) originated from 28 Cromore.

It is worth noting that another WW1 victim has connections to 28 Cromore: William Bruce. He was a schoolmaster's son, as previously recorded on this blog. 

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