Tolsta District News 1944 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
James Morrison,R.N.R.15.Shore St,home on leave,married Jessie,the only daughter of Mrs.Maciver and the late Andrew Maciver,26,Shore St.
UNDER NEW COMMAND
Mr.Murdo Morrison,4,New Tolsta,who has been on the "Queen Mary" during the war,has now signed on a new ship - Margaret Mary -the daughter of George Murray,bus driver,North Tolsta.They were married in the F.P.Church on Thursday 21st.January.The Murray family were all at home for the first time in many years,as also were the bridegroom's sisters.
AWARD FOR GALLANTRY
The late John Macmillan,A.B.of 6,North Tolsta,has been posthumously commended for bravery.The Minister of War Transport has informed the deceased's father Mr.Hector Macmillan,"That the Prime Minister has obtained the King's approval for the publication of the name of your son John Macmillan in the London Gazette as commended for courage and devotion to duty in S.S.Penoliver when the ship ws sunk by enemy action.
I am to express Lord Leather's pleasure at this mark of His Majesty"s highappreciation and of his deep regret that your son did not live to receive it."
MISSING PRESUMED KILLED
We learned with deep regret that Alexander Morrison,M.N.8,Shore St is missing presumed killed in action off the Normandy Coast. He was 45 years of age and leaves a widow and three children.
We learned with deep regret that Roderick Maciver,M.N.Lochside,had died suddenly aboard a naval tender on 27th.July.He served in the troopship City of Bermuda during the Norwegian campaign.He was 49 years of age and leaves a widow and five children,the youngest being 5 years.The remains were taken home for interment.
DEATH IN ACTION
We regret to report the death in action of Angus,the youngest son of Mr.and Mrs. Angus Campbell,7,Shore St.He was serving in a minesweeper and was only 19 years of age.
VISITORS FROM CANADA
We were all very pleased to see Sergeant Donald John Maclean R.C.A.F. among us.His leave was short,but we hope to see him again soon. Donald was well acquainted with the names of many places and persons here.
All welcomed him and indeed he deserved it,as his home in Vancouver is always open to Lewis boys.His father and mother see to it that the boys feel at home.
Donald and another member of his bomber crew stayed with his aunt at Hillside Cottage.
We are grateful for the removal of the blackout and double summer-time and hope neither will ever return.
In the Free Presbyterian Church on 26th.September Leading Seaman Donald Morrison,D.S.M.46,North Tolsta,was united in marriage to Christina Macdonald,6,New Tolsta. Rev.M.Gillies officiated.
At the Free Church on Thursday last,Jessie,the eldest daughter of Donald Macdonald,6,New Tolsta,was united in marriage to Malcolm Macritchie,R.N.R., a son of the late Kenneth Macrirchie,12,New Tolsta.Rev.Mr.R.Mackenzie officiated.
Corporal John Macdonald,School Rd. was selected to represent the Lewis Home Guard at the "Stand Down"parade in London.