Lochbroom Folk

Lochbroom's Sacrifice in the Second World War

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Private 2822211, POW No. 17771
Stalag 344, Lamsdorf

The following information has been provided by Ronnie Mitchell, Hector’s nephew. 

Iain (Hector John) the eldest son was taken prisoner after being badly wounded and later medically repatriated from POW camp in Poland via Sweden.

Details of the family can be found in the chapter The Macdonald Family from Ardmair on page 26.

Private,  Service No. and POW No. unknown

Liberated 11th May 1945.  Lived at Mill House, Ullapool.

A John Mackenzie was born on 21st March 1914, at Mill Street, Ullapool.  Is this the correct man?
Father - John, crofter
Mother - Catherine née MacInnes
Married 10th December 1908 Glasgow.
John - Spirit Merchants storeman age 31, bachelor married at Cambridge Halls, Cambridge Street, Glasgow.  Resident at 155 Berkeley Street, Glasgow.
Catherine MacInnes 27, domestic servant resident North Street, Glasgow.

John Mackenzie (junior) could have married Abigail Macleod 1946 Ref. 075/1 3

Driver 2812874, POW No. 14020
Stalag XX-B Marienburg
Address: Royal Hotel, Ullapool
Liberated 5th June 1945
Kenneth’s father, John Angus, a marine engineer (36), married Jean Noble Taylor (34) on 24th September 1919 at Bellahouston Parish Church, Govan.  Both were living at 472 Paisley Road West, Govan, Glasgow.

Kenneth was born in about 1920.  His mother died before 1937 when his father, widower of Ardene, Shore Street, Ullapool, married for the second time to Catherine Margaret Mackenzie on 20th May 1937 at the Free Presbyterian Church Ullapool. She was a spinster and Hotel proprietor aged 39, at the Royal Hotel Ullapool, 

Private 2822109, POW No. 15462
Stalag XX-B Marienburg

Kenneth’s parents, Kenneth Donald MacKenzie and Duncanina MacAskill were married on 9th January 1918 at 54 Grant Street, Glasgow.  Kenneth (32) worked as a tailor journeyman and was also a Drummer with the 1/4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, presently on active service.  His home address was Mill Street, Ullapool.  Duncanina (22) a domestic servant, lived at 28 Smith Street, South Glasgow. 

Kenneth John was born in Ullapool in 1919, Ref. Lochbroom 075/1/21.  During WW2 his home address was 13 Ladysmith Street, Ullapool.

He married Jean B Wastell at Bethnal Green, London in Mar Q 1952, Ref. 5c 329.  Jean was born in March 1931 in Bethnal Green (Ref.1c 167).  It is known that they had at least one child.

Morefield Cemetery.  Photo:  Clare Church.


Private 2822123, POW No. 14018
Stalag XX-B Marienburg

The questionnaire survives for Murdo Mackenzie which was completed on 30th April 1945.

He was born on 8th October 1919. Address: Crofton, Lochbroom, Enlisted 10.4.39.
Civilian Trade: Forestry Commission Agricultural

Camps:   Stalag XX-B Marienburg  12.8.40 to 23.1.45
Working Camps:   Nenstadt, Poland  15.7.40 to 12.8.40, Draining Work
Willenberg   12.8.40 to 25.11.40, Draining Work
Elbing 2   5.11.40 to 6.6.42, Farm Work
Marienburg   6.6.42 to 23.1.45, Laundry

It is suggested that Murdo was the son of Thomas Eddie Mackenzie, rabbit trapper of Crofton and Annabella Sutherland of Inverbroom, Lochbroom who were married on 21st September 1919 at The National Hotel, Dingwall, Thomas aged 30 and Annabella aged 27.  Thomas’s father was called Murdo, the same name as his son.

Private, 2820996, POW 6934
Stalag XXI-D, Posen


This biography is included because Donald, a gardener, is listed as living at 2 West Terrace, Ullapool in 1940, tenant of Lochbroom Trading Company.   His rent of £9 was paid by Lady Doris Vyner.  In reality he was a prisoner of war in Germany.  Five years previously, in 1935, he was living at Little Scatwell, Strathpeffer.

Donald married Elizabeth Young Manson on 23rd August 1935 at the Parish Church, Kilmuir Easter.  Donald was an Estate Labourer at Rhives Farm, Delny, Ross and Cromarty and Elizabeth was aged 21, resident at Rolls, Delny.

On 7th June 1944 “A Decree of Divorce was pronounced by Lord Russell Ordinary, in an action at the instance of Donald Maclellan, presently a prisoner of war in Germany, against Elizabeth Young Manson or Maclellan, Rhives Farm, Delny, Ross and Cromarty”, reason unknown.  However, after his release in 1945 they remarried in 1946 at Inverness.

Donald died on 28th February 1971 aged 64.  The wording on his gravestone states “a devoted father and beloved husband of Elizabeth Y Manson”.  Elizabeth died in 1988 aged 74 at Rosskeen.

Company Sergeant Major
2816336, POW 13951
Stalag XX-B, Marienburg

Duncan was born on 20th August 1907 at Firnbeg, Applecross, the son of Alexander and Christy née Mackenzie.  Alexander (36) a seaman, had married Christina (35) on 31st July 1906 at their home in Glasgow.  They were both living at 149 Govan Road, Govan.
In time, the family relocated to “Holly Grove”, Ardindrean, Lochbroom

Duncan enlisted into the Territorial Army on 17th April 1928. 
Returning from Ullapool to Ardindrean shop in the launch, 1934.  John MacKay, Gibson, Duncan Maclennan and Donald Maciver. [ Photo courtesy of Peter Newling.]

In May 1940 whilst the 4th Seaforths were stationed in the Saar area, Duncan excelled himself and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

On 15th/16th May this WO showed great initiative and daring in getting withdrawal orders out to the several posts in different parts of a village.  Many elements were in the village at the time.and bombing and sniping made movement in the darkness very difficult.  CSM Maclennan showed most commendable initiative and complete disregard of all danger.  It is largely due to him that the withdrawal of his company was successfully effected.
Extract from TNA WO 373/15

Extract from the Chapter Disaster Strikes from None Bolder by Richard Doherty
“By 15 May it had become clear that the forward positions of the Division could not be held against the increasing German pressure and General Fortune, following consultation with General Conde, ordered withdrawal to the ligne de recueil.  This was a difficult manoeuvre to execute, but the forward battalions made their way back to a line the defences of which had yet to be completed.  It lay about three miles in front of the Maginot Line, on a forward slope.  The field of fire was good, but the wire was thin, communication trenches were poor, and an anti-tank ditch had been only half-dug.”

Duncan stated on the Questionnaire completed on release from captivity in 1945 that his civilian profession was that of Male Nurse (Mental). Signed on 16.4.45

Main camps in which imprisoned:
Stalag XX-A Thorn -      11.7.40 to 19.4.41
Stalag XX-B Marienburg -     20.4.41 to 4.3.42
Working Camp: 519 Stalag XX-B Fischerbabke  5.3.42 to 23.1.45

Lectures on how to behave in the event of capture were given in France, periodically by Major Nason.  Duncan attempted to escape twice; the first time in France during the last week of June 1940, travelling by night along with Sgt Douglas, Seaforth Highlanders.  He was recaptured at Crevecourt by German military and railway officials.  The second time, he escaped from the Germans on 29th January 1945, in Poland while on the line of March into Germany.  He joined Gunner King of the Royal Horse Artillery and remained hidden on a Polish farm until freed by the Russians.

Additional information on his form revealed that:
“Frau L Möller Grosechkenkampe bei Fischerbabke Kreis Gross Werder, West Prussia had hid[den] and fed seven men of the Working Kdo at Fischerbabke from 23.1.45 until these men were freed by the Russians.  This was done over a period of 2 months at great personal risk and if it was previously possible for her to do anything for our men she always did so.  Anything that can be done to lighten her lot under existing conditions should be attempted.”


Corporal 2818520, POW No. 6935
Stalag 383, Hohenfels (majority of time)

Born 4th August 1914.  Address: 19 Ladysmith Street, Ullapool.  Enlisted September 1930.  Civilian Trade: Mason’s labourer.

Main Camps in which imprisoned:
XX-IB Poland   1940
XX-A Poland   22.6.41 to 10.11.42
383 Poland   14.11.42 to 16.4.45
VIIA Bavaria   24.4.45
In a working camp in Poland from 1940 to 1942, Farming
Signed Questionnaire 11.5.45

Alexander’s parents, Hugh, a farm servant, and Flora née Mackenzie were married on 7th October 1911 at Dundonnell Hotel.  He was aged 28 a Coachman, resident Ullapool.  She was aged 25, resident Durnamuck, domestic servant.

Hugh died on 14th June 1947 and Flora died on 27th March 1970.

Alexander relocated to Dunfermline and married Charlotte Robertson (1917-1987) in 1948 (Ref 424/257.)  She was born on 16th April 1917 at 11 Damside Street, Dunfermline, the daughter of Peter, a coalminer and Helen née Combe. She had a brother Charles (1902-1967).

In 1960 and 1965 the Electoral Register lists Alexander and Charlotte living at 41 Robertson Road, Dunfermline. He was employed as a bricklayer.

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