Saturday, 8 February 2014

Archibald Macphee - to be brought in from the cold

A couple of years ago, I managed to have private Norman Morrison, late of South Dell, and private Finlay Maclean, late of Sandwick, "in from the cold". That means that they were awarded Commonwealth War Dead status.

In recent months, I have focused on compiling a listing of Great War casualties from the Southern Isles. This comprises the islands of Harris, Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay. One of the casualties, Archibald Macphee, was found to be a potential candidate for Commonwealth War Dead status as well. The proces is lengthy, and I'll update as developments occur.

Last known address in South Uist: Garryhillie
Son of John and Mary Macphee
Service unit: 3rd Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Service number: 3/5553
Date of death: 10 February 1917 at the age of 23
Died at home of illness
Local memorial: South Uist

Pte Macphee died of TB, which he contracted whilst on service. He was repatriated in order to be treated for trench foot. I am indebted to a relative for highlighting this man.

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