Lochbroom Folk

Lochbroom's Sacrifice in the Second World War

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This project concentrates on those who served their country, lived and worked in the Parish of Lochbroom.  The Coigach Peninsula has not been included because this area has already been covered in my document Coigach’s Sacrifice in the Second World War.

Information is given on those military service personnel who are commemorated on the Ullapool War Memorial, and the one man on the Dundonnell War Memorial.

Ullapool War Memorial                            Dundonnell War Memorial

Three men who are not listed on the war memorials also died as a result of the War and are included owing to their connection with Lochbroom, namely:

Sergeant Douglas Macdonald, RAFVR
Colour Sergeant Angus McBeath Mackay, 1st Battalion Tyneside Scottish
Private Duncan Maclean, Royal Army Service Corps

The majority of men from Lochbroom served with the 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, but in addition, men and women took their place in all branches of the services, the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, the Tyneside Scottish, the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Merchant Navy, and the Royal Air Force. 

Also included in this document are the names of 20 prisoners of war from the 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders who were captured on 12th June 1940 at St Valery-en-Caux by the Germans, and also 4 men who were captured in other locations who served with the 4th Battalion, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Royal Corps of Signals, the Royal Artillery and the Merchant Navy.  Some questionnaires survive which prisoners of war completed on release in 1945.  These are stored at the National Archives, Kew, and have been quoted where available.

The research has been aided by reading the War Diary of the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders up until the end of March 1940, and additionally, of particular value is the personal diary of Captain Patrick Munro of Foulis of ‘C’ Company which can be viewed on the Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society website, which covers the period from September 1939 until the time of his capture at St Valery-en-Caux on 12th June 1940. 

It has been possible to include some individual photographs of 4th Seaforth Highlanders which were published in the People’s Journal during WW2.  These are of those men who were known to be wounded or missing.


Thanks are due to 

Helen Avenell, curatorial advisor at Ullapool Museum for providing relevant photographs from the collection, and volunteers Robbie Mackenzie and Pauline Wood, for their encouragement and assistance with this project.

Michelle Almer for information on her father Private Angus Macleod.

Jackie Boa for his article Recollections of Isle Martin written in 1998.

Donnie and Mary Mackenzie for their participation in the Oral History Project Voices from their Past conducted by Ullapool Museum and children from Ullapool Primary School in 2005.

Mhairi Mackenzie from the Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society (RCHS) for information regarding casualties listed on the website.

Mary Macleod, the daughter, of a 4th Seaforth Highlander survivor from Ullapool, whose article gives vivid detail regarding his experiences and those of his friends at, and following the Battle of Abbeville on 4th June 1940.

Morag McIver Henriksen for her article on John Maciver.

Ronnie Mitchell and his relatives who have provided detailed information regarding his mother’s family, the Macdonalds from Ardmair.

Peter Newling, for allowing me to include photographs from his collection.

My research is an ongoing project and I welcome input of additional material and corrections.  I accept full responsibility for any errors, and omissions in acknowledgement of contributors.

Finally, I am indebted to my husband Tony for his corrections, suggestions and proof-reading. 

Clare Church                                                                                            September2019

113 Milford Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 8DN
Email; clarechurch@tiscali.co.uk

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