I am currently researching the WW2 casualties from North Uist, but one query left me puzzled.
North Uist war memorial refers to F/Sgt Donald C Maclean, RAF, late of
Lochmaddy, who was lost in WW2. However, when I pass his details through
CWGC, it would appear that he was the son of John MacLean, and of
Margaret MacLean, of Castlebay, Isle of Barra. The Barra & Vatersay
war memorial at Nasg, however, does not mention him.
Flight Sergeant DONALD CHARLES MACLEAN
Last known address in North Uist: Lochmaddy
Son of John MacLean, and of Margaret MacLean, of Castlebay, Isle of Barra.
Service unit: 279 Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number: 1571094
Date of death: 7 November 1945 at the age of 21
Memorial: Runnymede Memorial
Local memorial: North Uist
Who will describe my delight when my posting on a Barra genealogy page yielded this reply from his niece Fiona:
was my uncle although I never met my Uncle Donnie. The family lived in
Lochmaddy, my grandfather John Maclean was from North Uist and he was
the postmaster in Lochmaddy. My grandmother Margaret Maclean nee
Macfadyen was from Barra. The family home was in Borve, my grandmother
came back to Barra after my grandfather died which was about a year
after Donnie went missing. I have the telegram (I think) the
information my mother, Anne Maclean, gave me was the Lancaster bomber
that Donnie was in went missing over the North Sea ( they flew from
Teesside ) no wreckage or bodies were ever found, my grandfather died
of a broken heart Mum used to say. My nanna is buried on Barra - John
and Donnie are mentioned on her headstone.