Lochbroom Folk

Lochbroom's Sacrifice in the Second World War

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Private 2822663
Killed in action on 4th June 1940 aged 22
Son of Kenneth and Catherine E Macdonald of Ullapool

Kenneth (senior) was born in Ullapool in 1871 and married Catherine (née Cumming) a restaurant waitress, in 1899 at Chalmers Street Hall, Glasgow.  Catherine was born in 1882 in Dennistoun, Glasgow.  In 1901 the couple were living at 229 Kuneaton Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Kenneth  employed as a gas work stoker.  By 1911 they had relocated to Market Street, Ullapool, Kenneth, a fisherman listed as aged 40; Catherine was 29. 

Kenneth Angus lies buried in Mareuil-Caubert Communal Cemetery in Plot 1, Row C, Grave 18.

The wording translated on his gravestone is:  You will never be out of my mind for the rest of my life.

He is commemorated on the family gravestone  in West Argyle Street Cemetery, Ullapool.
Photo:  Clare Church


Photo:  Roddie Macpherson 
Private 2822670
Killed in action on 4th June 1940 aged 22

Roderick (Rory) Mackenzie, Kenneth’s father was aged 38 and employed as a shepherd at Drumrunie (north of Strathcanaird) when he married Annie Maclean on 28th January 1913 at Mrs Fraser’s Restaurant, High Street, Dingwall.  Annie (born 1889) was aged 23 from Strathcanaird.

Several children were born into this family:
Catherine Isabella (b. 6th November 1913)
Martha (1916-1920)
Kenneth Charles (b. 18th May 1918 at Drumrunie)
Simon Peter (Simmie) (1920-2001)
Murdi (1923-1991)
Nana (Anne) 1925-2007

Kenneth was killed in action at the Battle of Abbeville on 4th June 1940.  His body was never recovered so he is commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial on Column 125

His father Roderick died on 21st June 1950 aged 76, listed as a crofter, living at Blughasary, Strathcanaird.  His son Simon registered the death.  Annie died on 21st October 1959 at Invergordon Hospital.
Lance Corporal 2820637
Killed in action on 4th June 1940 aged 20

William’s parents, Herbert and Helen Ann (née Cameron) married on 27th January 1914 at The Royal Hotel, Dingwall.  He was a gardener aged 30 living at Braemore, Lochbroom.  Helen Ann aged 22 was a laundry maid also living at Braemore.  William was born in 1920 in the parish of Lochbroom.

He is commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial on Column 124.

A family gravestone stands in Lochbroom Churchyard which is too unclear to display here.  The inscription reads:
Erected/in/loving memory/of/WILLIAM MACKENZIE/L/Cpl 4th Seaforth Highlanders 51st Highland Division/killed in action near Abbeville/4th June 1940, aged 20/also his brother/ALASDAIR/died 7th September 1937/aged 9 years/and their parents/HELEN ANN CAMERON/died 4th October 1955/aged 64 years/and HERBERT MACKENZIE/died 13th July 1971/aged 90 years.  "Till the day break/and the shadows flee away."

Private 2822655
Died on 4th June 1940 aged 21

Colin’s parents, John and Jessie (née Campbell) came from the Ullapool area, but married at 11 Apsley Street, Partick, Scotland on 13th September 1911.  John at that time was a Seaman (Merchant Service), bachelor, listed as aged 39, usual residence 20 Main Street, Glasgow.  Jessie, born in 1882, was a domestic servant, spinster, usual residence Craigmore, Rothesay.  The Ross-shire Journal dated 5th July 1940 gives the Macleod’s home address as Point Street, Ullapool.  Handwritten notes later say “Missing, reported killed in action.  Was at sea before joining the Seaforths and at one time was employed by Colonel Mitford.”

Colin’s death registration implies that he was born in 1918/19.  He was killed in the Battle of Abbeville (not at St Valery – see below) and is buried in the Communal Cemetery at Mareuil-Caubert in Plot 2, Row C, Grave 2.

Photo:  Clare Church

A family grave is situated in West Argyle Street Cemetery, Ullapool.

Photo:  Roddie Macpherson


See page 29 for information provided by Mary Macleod, Colin's cousin.



Corporal 2822379
Killed in action on 4th June 1940 aged 28
Son of Donald Kenneth and Annie Macmillan


Donald Kenneth Macmillan was born in South Uist in 1883.  He married Annie Maclean on 8th December 1910 at St Margaret’s Church, Pollokshields, Glasgow.  Donald was a bonded storeman aged 27 living at 100 McLean Street.  Annie was employed as a Clerk, aged 20, living at 43 Plantation Street, Govan.  John Macmillan was born on 21st October 1912 in Glasgow at his mother’s home.

Donald died on 9th June 1916 at his home aged 32.  At the time of his death John was 3½ years old, so Annie sought another husband and she found William Mackenzie (bachelor), a tailor.  They married on 11th November 1921 and were both living at her home address, 43 Plantation Street, Govan.   Annie was 31 and William 34.

During WW2 John lived at Point Street, Ullapool and he was great friends with Kenny Macdonald (Kenny Deet) and Colin Macleod – See above and page 29.

John lies in Dunkirk Town Cemetery in Plot 2, Row 11, Grave 7.  This is unusual because his companions are buried in Mareuil-Caubert Communal Cemetery near to the battlefield.

Photo courtesy of Michael McCann.


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