Tolsta District News 1943 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
KILLED IN ACTION
The price of war is rising steadily.Once again it is our sad duty to report the death of one of our lads.Kenneth Maciver R.N.R.36,North Tolsta,has been killed in action at sea.He was on a destroyer.
Kenny was at one time a piper in the Seaforth Highlanders,but had joined the R.N.R.before the war.He was home on leave a month ago.
To his young widow and son at Habost, Ness,and his aged parents here we extend our sympathy.
FLOOD OF FORMS
The flood of forms is unabated.This week harassed croftes have to fill in a questionaire as to the type of horse ,age and height:whether used to ploughing in pairs,proposed work to be done up till 15th.May;state ploughing hours;harrowing hours;dunging hours and other work in hours.
There is a promise of another similar form at the end of the season and so it goes on.
On Friday,19th.March in the Free Church, Alex.Young,Shader,Barvas was married to Annie,the only daughter of the late Torquil and Bessie Campbell,5,New Tolsta.Rev.R.Mackenzie officiated.
EVERYONE HIS OWN TIMEKEEPER
With the approach of double summer-time and to meet the wishes of the three village factions,we would welcome a three-faced clock,to show the old time, the new time and the newest time.
A dog caught killing lambs and worrying sheep was cleverly cornered by Murdo Maciver,The Farm House,New Tolsta.This is the third such "killer dog" caught by Maciver recently. All three have been destroyed.
Another bus packed with war workers narrowly escaped disaster at the Glen Tolsta Bridge on the 7th.of May,but for a matter of inches it would have toppled into the burn.It serves a a sharp reminder of the need for widening
the bridge or erecting another.
When school reopened on Monday one pupil did not answer the roll call.
John Murray,the 14 year old son of Mr.and Mrs.Donald Murray,37,North Tolsta was drowned last Thursday at "Gob-an-t'Seabhaig".
He and another boy were bathing when they were swept off their feet by a wave and he was carried seawards by the current.We deeply sympathise with his parents in their sore trial.
The body was found washed ashore at Lobaig on Monday afternoon.
Nurse Christina Mackay,42,North Tolsta,has been appointed to Scalpay.
Mitchell's new bus service,leaving Tolsta at 9.15 A.M.,12.15.P.M.,4.15P.M.,and 7.15 P.M.starts as from 13th.September. Mr.Mitchell's service has been very satisfactory,but local feeling strongly deprecates the causes which made this venture necessary.
ON THE JOB
Not so long ago one would have rubbed ones eyes at the sight,but nowadays women wielding the scythe are to be seen on practically every second croft.
We congratulate Ronald Macintosh, Royal Corps of Signals,on his recent promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.Earlier in the war he received the O.B.E.
His father, Alex.Macintosh,himself an ex-sergeant-major,Royal Engineers, lives at North Tolsta.
We also congratulate Sergeant Alex.John Smith,R.A.F.on becoming a fully fledged flight engineer. He is a member of the crew of a Stirling bomber.
Serg.Smith is at present home on leave at his home,7,New Tolsta.
LOST AT SEA
The war takes its toll once again and it is with deep regret we record the loss of John,the youngest son of Mr.and Mrs.Hector Macmillan,6,Shore St.
He was in the Merchant Navy and he is reported missing,believed lost.
A nicer lad it would be hard to meet. He was 22 years of age.
NOW IN TONG
Mr.Angus Macleod,20.Shore St.has "evacuated" and is now settled in Tong.
We shall miss his genial personality.
LOST AT SEA
It is with deep regret that we report the death on active service of Donald Murray,R.N.R.21,Shore St.Murray saw much service since war began having been a survivor on three occasions.He was 31 years of age and the youngest of three sons.The eldest is with the R.N.R.in the Mediterranean. Another Murdo,who is Free Church Missionary in Lochbroom,arrived home on Saturday and preached in the local church on Sunday.The F.P.pulpit was occupied by
A MINOR EXODUS
A minor exodus of families from this township is taking place.This week Mr.Donald Macmillan Snr. and family removed to their new home in Bayhead, Stornoway,and John Smith,9.Shore St.who has found employment as a gamekeeper in the Poolewe district,has left with his wife and six sons.
They will be greatly missed but we wish them many happy days in their new homes.
John Macdonald,6,New Tolsta, is the first in the village to be called up who was actually in school when war began.