Saturday, 26 May 2012

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the USA, when the Fallen from that country are remembered. Two of them in the First World War originated from the Isle of Lewis. In place of today's Stornoway Memorial entry, I list their names

"Iain Dhomhnaill Gobha"
Son of Donald and Margaret Ferguson
Last address in Lewis: 6 Crulivig
Service unit: US Army
Date of death: 18 July 1918 at the age of 30
Killed in action in France
Mentioned on family gravestone in Bosta Cemetery, Great Bernera (see below)
Local memorial: Great Bernera, Breaclet

Last address in Lewis: 2 Maciver's Buildings, Stornoway
Son of Alexander Smith, brother of Neil Smith
Service unit: 16th Ambulance Company, 2nd Divison US Army
Enlisted from Montana
Date of death: 15 September 1918 at the age of 35
Died in France
Interred: St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France, Plot D Row 8 Grave 22
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial; Nicolson WW1 memorial, right panel

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