Tolsta District News 1954 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
FROM "WAVE VICTOR"
Hugh Macleod,20 North Tolsta, who arrived home several days ago was a seaman aboard the naval oil tanker "Wave Victor" which went on fire. At seventeen he was probably the youngest member of the crew. He lost all his personal belongings.
We regret to learn of the death of Murdo Mackay,42 North Tolsta, at Inverness.
Murdo was a strong well built lad,but the war years coupled with the additional strain and ill treatment in prisoner-of-war camps seriously impaired his health.
THE LATE MRS. CAMPBELL
The death of Mrs.Mary Campbell 54 North Tolsta,was not unexpected as she had been in poor health for some time. During the 1914-18 war her husband six brothers and six brothers-in-law were on active service.
Four did not return.She was 72.
Eight girls from the village are training as nurses.The latest to join Agnes Campbell 51B,and Janet Maciver 25 North Tolsta.
PRESENTED WITH WATCH
Mr and Mrs.Angus Macdonald, Kinlochleven,were home for three weeks visiting the old haunts.Mr.Macdonald was one of those who received a wristlet watch from the firm for 30 years service.He has been with the British Aluminium Company for 35 years.
An earthen lean-to and a dwarf wall of turf 2 ft.high has been built at Glen Tolsta Bridge and a whole bag of cement used to seal a bad crack in the bridge itself. Wanton expenditure.
NEW FREE CHURCH
The foundations of the new Free Church has now been laid and work
thereon is in full swing.For a small congregation it is a formidable
OFF TO SEA
Another three young boys are away to get their sea legs.They are Donald Macmillan,Lochside,John Macleod,Carran Ban,and Norman Maciver,11 North Tolsta.Another sailor, home on leave before joining ship as radio officer is John Maciver 69 New Street.
UNUSUAL MEETING RECALLED
We regret to record the death of Angus Mackenzie 1 New Tolsta.
Angus was one of those jolly lovable characters one meets occasionally and he will be missed from his pew in the Free Church where he was a deacon.
During the first world war he served as a gunner in the Merchant Navy and was captured by a German submarine.After interrogation he was placed aboard a neutral ship proceeding to the U.S.A.This ship was later intercepted by a British destroyer and forced to proceed to Falmouth.
Many years later Mr.Mackenzie was recognised by a former member of the submarine's crew aboard a German Klondyker while S.Y."Glenesk"was delivering herring.
He was 78 years of age.