Lochbroom Folk

Lochbroom's Sacrifice in the Second World War

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Private 2820988, POW No. 6955
XX1-D Posen (majority of time)


Murdo Angus Macleod (27) of Pulteney Street, Ullapool, married Ena (Thomasena) Maclean (34) of Mill Street, Ullapool, on 10th January 1918.  Murdo's occupation was that of a Motor Hirer/Motor Engineer.  Angus, born on 20th November 1920 in Ullapool, was the eldest son, with a brother, Murdoch, arriving in 1923.

Murdo died on 23rd December 1929, aged 39, at 19 Great King Street, Edinburgh, following an operation, and his wife Ena continued to live in Ullapool at Benwell House, Argyle Street.  During WW2 she was a Council tenant at 8 Ladysmith Street, Ullapool.

Camps in which imprisoned:
XX-B Warthlager (Poland) August 1940 to November 1941
XX-ID Posen-Litsmanstadt November 1941 to April 1944
VIIIB Konigshutte - work camp April 1944 to January 1945
VIIA Landhut (Bavaria) April 1945 to 1st May 1945

He signed the Questionnaire on release on 15th May 1945.

The following was written by Michelle Almer:

My grandparents were Murdo Angus MacLeod and Ena (short for Thomasena) MacLeod. They had two sons Murdoch Maclean Macleod born around 1923 and Angus Macleod (1920-1984).  Angus Macleod was my father.  He was a POW in Germany and Poland for 5 years during WWII.  He was a policeman in Paisley where he met and married Isabella MacDonald Hall in 1952.  Angus and Isabel moved to New York then to Gulf Breeze, Florida where they raised my brother Derek Macleod and myself.  Murdoch Maclean Macleod (Mac Macleod) and his wife moved to Delaware, USA where they raised 3 daughters. 

Angus died on 7th September 1984 at Escambia, Florida.  Last residence:  32514 Pensacola, Escambia.

Private 2817114, POW No. 15828
Stalag XX-B Marienburg

The Ross-shire Journal dated July 1941 revealed the following information.

Mr Murdo Macleod, third son of Mrs Macleod and the late Murdo Macleod, 29 Ladysmith Street, Ullapool, is at home on a short holiday before joining his unit, the RAF, somewhere in England.  Mr Macleod's other five brothers are already in the army.  Four of them were in the Seaforths at the outbreak of war; two of them, Hugh and Allan, went out to France with the 51st (Highland Division).  Hugh is a prisoner of war in Germany.  Allan came home wounded but is now with his unit.  To have six sons doing their best must almost be a record.  Handwritten notes re Hugh:  "Missing.  Hugh liberated 11 May 1945."

Murdo Macleod (21), a Tailor (journeyman) married Catherine Urquhart (21) a domestic servant on 28th November 1902 at Comisky Place, High Street, Dingwall.  Murdo lived at 1 Warden Street, Dingwall, and Catherine at Carnaby Lodge, Dingwall.

Murdo and Catherine reared many children.  These have been identified:
Hector, born 16th January 1903 at Grant Street, Dingwall
Donald, born 8th March 1905 at 10 Burn Place, Dingwall
Ellen Anne, born 1907 at Ullapool
Murdo, born 26th December 1908 at Pulteney Street, Ullapool
Elizabeth, born 1910, Ullapool. Died 1951.
John, born 21st February 1912 at Market Street, Ullapool
Hugh, born 12th April 1913, Ullapool [most probably Market Street]
Allan, born 16th May 1917 at Market Street, Ullapool

Father Murdo died at home on 28th October 1939, aged 69.  His second son, Donald was the informant of his death, currently resident at Inkerman Barracks, Woking, Surrey – serving with the 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He could be Private D Mcleod, Service No. 2823362, POW No. 20611, imprisoned at Stalag XX-A, Torun .

Private 2822827, POW No. 236
Stalag IX-C, Mulhausen, Hesse

A Private D Macrae from Ullapool has been identified as one of the soldiers from the 4th Seaforth Highlanders who signed his name in Dingwall on the 4th October 1939.  The original document was on display in St Clements Church Hall, Tulloch Street, Dingwall.

This could be Donald Alexander Macrae who was born on 7th October 1914 at Braes, Lochbroom, son of Alexander, a crofter and Catherine née Mackenzie.  They had married on 7th July 1908 at Macraes Restaurant, Church Street, Dingwall.  Alexander was aged 47, living at Braes, Ullapool and Catherine (Kate) was aged 37, living at the same address.  Catherine died on 5th January 1944 aged 73, at No. 2 Braes, widow of Alexander.  


Private 2815856, POW No.15602
Stalag XX-B, Marienburg

Hector was born on 8th December 1907 at Ardcharnich, his parents’ home.  Kenneth Munro and Johan (née Fraser) had married on 14th March 1895 at Cedar Villa (now a Guest House), Kenneth Street, Inverness.  They were both aged 26, Kenneth was a road contractor, living at Ardcharnich, and Johan worked as a domestic servant, her address being Pulteney Street, Ullapool.  Witnesses to their marriage were Hector and Bella Fraser.

Hector had older siblings: Maggie, Alexander, Isabell, Murdo and Kenneth John.

The 1911 census states that the family was living at Inverlael Hamlet, Ardcharnich, a house with 4 rooms.  Kenneth is a crofter and road maker employed by the County Council.

Hector died on 6th August  1945 aged 37 and is buried in Lochbroom Parish Churchyard in Grave 174.

Photo:  Clare Church

Lance Corporal 2820106, POW No 6759
Stalag XX-B, Marienburg


Roderick (nickname Tottie) was the son of Christopher Rae, a gamekeeper, who was working on the Isle of Mull at the time of his birth on 4th March 1916.  He was born at 57 Main Street, Tobermoray.  His mother Annie, née Munro, was born in Letters on 22nd June 1882.

The 1891 census lists Christopher living as a boarder at Glastullich Farm, Rhidorrich, an estate east of Ullapool.

Annie married Christopher on 1st July 1909 at Rhidorrich, where they were both living.  Annie stated she was a housekeeper.  The ceremony was conducted by Angus Macdonald, Minister of Ullapool. 

Roderick signed on with the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders at the beginning of the War.  His address was Benwell House, Ullapool.  After release in 1945 he sought a wife and married Rachel (nickname Rita) Mackenzie in 1947, registered in Lochbroom (Ref. 1a 184).

Rachel was born on 25th April 1915 at Achiltibuie, the daughter of John (a crofter) and Jessie, and sister of another prisoner of war, L/Cpl Roderick (Roddie) Mackenzie (2818540), POW No. 20564 from Achiltibuie.

Roderick served for many years with the Northern Area Fire Brigade as a retained (part-time) fireman at Ullapool.  He died in 1991 aged 75.

Private 2822654, POW No. 6761
Stalag VIII-B, Teschen

George was the eldest boy in the family, born 5th December 1915, registered Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Ref. 10b 1064.

Alexander Ross (1886-1956), a tailor's cutter, married Sarah Mackenzie (1886-1956) on 22nd January 1913 at Liverpool St Philip Church, Lancashire.  They were both living at 204 Molyneaux Road, Liverpool. 

Other children in the family:
Joan Mathieson (1913-1998)
Alexander Mackenzie Ross (1918-2006)
Donald ("Danny") (1923-2004)
John Basil (1927-1986)

George enlisted into the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders on 31st August 1939.  His civilian trade was that of a Haulage Contractor.

Main camps in which imprisoned:
XX-IB Posen, Poland, 1940 to 1941
XX-ID Warthe Lager, Poland, 1941 to 1942
VIIIB Teschen 1944-45

Working Camps:
Warthe Lager D10 - 1940-1942 Filling shell holes
Truppenfeltd 1942-1943 Road making
Pakosch D3 - 1943-1944 Stacking hemp
Klausberg E51 - 1944-1945 Coal mines
Krotoschin D13 - 1943-1943 Railway work 

He stated on his form:  "During the months of May 1944 to December 1944 while working on the railway I filled the Axle Bores of the wagons with sand at Krotoschin".

He signed his questionnaire on 12th May 1945 and was liberated on 25th May.

George married Rose Annabella Steel in 1948 in Inverness.  (Ref. 098/A36)

Alexander died on 31st May 1956.  Sarah died a few months later on 13th September 1956, at Brae House, Argyle Street.  Informant:  George Ross, son, present.  His address at the time was 2 West Terrace, Ullapool.

A Donald William Ross served as Aircraftsman with the Royal Air Force in WW2.  Prior to this time he was employed at the National Bank of Scotland branch at Ullapool.  Is this George's brother?

Captain 93863, POW No. 1386
Oflag VII-B Erchstatt

Alan standing in the middle at the back with his family.  Photo courtesy of Ullapool Museum Trust.

Alan was the brother of Agnes Harris Wallace and John Douglas Wallace who died in WW2.
Alan Diarmid Wallace, born 25th May 1913 at Ullapool, the eldest child in a family of five, siblings being:  Agnes Harris (b.  1915);  Mary Catherine (b. 1917);  James (b. 1920);  John Douglas (b. 1921).  Their father was the local Doctor for many years. 

Enlisted June 1939.  Previous occupation:  Transport Manager.  Lived at 8 Belmont Place, Ayr.  22nd August 1939 in the London Gazette, Alan was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, then full Lieutenant on 17th February 1940.

A POW questionnaire (TNA WO 344/331/1) was completed on release from his prisoner of war camp on 10th May 1945.  His time was spent at:
Oflag VII C/H Laufen, Bavaria, July 1940 to September 1941
Oflag VIB Warburg, Westphalia, September 1941 to August 1942
Oflag VII-B Erchstatt, Bavaria, August 1942 to April 1944
Stalag VIIA Moosberg, Bavaria, April 1944

Oflag VII-B was located in Erchstatt, Bavaria, about 62 miles north of Munich.  The camp was built in September 1939 to house prisoners from the German invasion of Poland.  The first prisoners arrived there on 18th October 1939.  On 22nd May 1940 all Polish prisoners were transferred to Oflag VIIA and were replaced with officers taken prisoner during the Battle of France and Belgium.

Alan died on 6th July 1986, Cirencester Registration District.

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