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District News 1917

Tolsta District News 1917 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette



Gunner Angus MacMillan, R.F.A., has recently visited his parents living at Glen-Tolsta. Angus may well be described as a war-scarred veteran. He had seen much service in the South African War. Before the present war broke out he was a sailor, but although he was then fifty years of age he at once rejoined his old regiment and crossed to France with the first Expeditionary Force, and there he has been wounded four times. Out of the Battery with which he crossed in 1914 he can now trace only one man.


A number of the local men interned in Holland are at present at home on a month's leave. They will be returning in the course of a few days.

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District News 1918

Tolsta District News 1918 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette



At the Free Church Manse, Jordanhill, Glasgow, on 17th December, Alexander Murray, R.N.C.V.R., 29 North Tolsta, was married to Miss Gormelia Graham, 39 North Tolsta. Miss Catherine MacIver, teacher, Tolsta Public School, was bridesmaid and Mr. Donald MacLean, Ness, was best man. The officiating clergyman was Rev. Mr. Ross, Free Church, Partick. A reception was held afterwards at 80 Greenfield Street.



A blizzard of unusual severity has swept over the Lewis for two weeks and this district, which is so much exposed to the north wind, has got the brunt of the storm, which started suddenly about 7pm, on Sunday, 6th January. 
Most of the worshippers remained in the churches till 10pm, but those who had to go experienced much difficulty in reaching their homes and several lost their way altogether.

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District News 1919

Tolsta District News 1919 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette



Corpl. John MacLeod, 20 North Tolsta, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery on the battlefield last Autumn. He had already been awarded the Military Medal.


At Stornoway, on Thursday, 26th December, Mr. Torquil MacIver, a discharged soldier, 4 North Tolsta, was married to Miss Mary MacIver, second daughter of Angus MacIver, R.N.R., 17 North Tolsta. Rev. Neil MacIntyre, Stornoway, officiated. Saoghal fada agus sonus suamhnach dhaoibh. This has been the sixth Tolsta couple to marry during the past three months and we understand there are more to follow.

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Iolaire Disaster

The ‘Iolaire' Disaster 1 st January 1919 – The Island 's Saddest Day

In the early hours of Wednesday January 1 st 1919 the Admiralty Yacht HMS Iolaire (previously known as the Amalthaea) sank on the Beasts of Holm, outside Stornoway Harbour, plunging the island into unimaginable grief.

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Battle of Jutland

The following Tolstonians took part in this battle


Murdo Macdonald 28 Murchadh MhicCeoch

Gunner on H.M.S.Queen Elizabeth

Angus Maciver 33B Aonghas Gobha

Gunner on a destroyer,wounded the
previous day. Lost at Jutland

Alex.Maclennan Alick Sheogaidh


John Macleod Seonaidh Choinnich

Was in the second Battle of the Falklands .Lost on H.M.S.Invincible

Murdo Murray  Hill St.Burns

Also served at the Falklands. Lost on H.M.S.Invincible

John Smith A'Chrogais

Sadly wounded at Jutland. Became a missionary in Berneray,Harris. Later
died of his wounds at Coll