Friday, 4 April 2014

Coll or Callanish?

Last address in Lewis: 7 Coll
Son of Murdo and Isabella Maclean
Service unit: Seaforth Highlanders
Date of death: 22 May 1916 at the age of 21
Died after 1½ years suffering of phthisis
Local memorial: Back
His brothers Kenneth and Murdo served in the RNR, but survived the war.

Please note
Donald Maclean's date of death on the Back War Memorial is quoted as January 1916. However, his death certificate states that he died on 22 May 1916, aged 21, of phthisis of which he had suffered for 18 months. No reference to any military service could be found.

Donald Maclean, 21 Callanish, died on 7 January 1916 in Mesopotamia. The entry on CWGC refers to Donald being the son of Finlay Maclean, which tallies with the information from the Roll of Honour, which lists an identical date of death, although it erroneously lists his location of death as La Bassee.

Last address in Lewis: 21 Callanish,
Son of Finlay and Annie Maclean.
Service unit: 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7031
Enlisted at Stornoway
Date of death: 7 January 1916 at the age of 22
Killed in action at Persian Gulf
Memorial: Basra Memorial, Iraq, Panel 37 and 64
Local memorial: East Loch Roag, Callanish

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