World War 1

World War One Lochbroom  Collage

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Private Angus Maclennan, 7th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


Stoker Kenneth Maclennan, RN, HMS Strathderry, Boom Defence, Scapa Flow.


24743 Sergeant Alexander Macleod, DCM, Cross of St George, 13th Bn 1st Canadian Contingent.


2822A Gunner Archibald Macleod, RNR.

Private Donald Macleod, 4th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.  No photograph obtainable.


601801 Sapper George Macleod, Royal Engineers.


1487 Private Hugh Macleod, 4th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


225646 Private Hugh Macleod, 10th Cameron Highlanders.


Seaman Kenneth Macleod, RNR, HMS Helga.


8/40665 Lance Corporal Neil Macleod, 7th Gordon Highlanders.

Sergeant Norman Macleod, USA Army.  No photograph available.


Private Roderick Macleod, 8th Black Watch.


4028 Private Roderick Macleod, 4th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


Seaman Simon Macleod, RNR, HMS Gurkha.


Lieutenant Robert Alexander Cameron Macmillan, 2nd Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


9387 Private Alexander Macrae, 8th Seaforth Highlanders.


300049 Gunner Ewen Macrae, Ross Mountain Battery.


40464 Private Kenneth Macrae, 7th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


1633 Lance Corporal Donald Macswan, 6th Highland Light Infantry.


6228 Private Roderick Matheson, 7th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


8675 Private Norman Morrison, 1st Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.

Men of Lochbroom 1914-1918

Private Angus Maclennan 

Aged 33.  Only son of Widow Kenneth Maclennan, 25 Badluachrach, Lochbroom.  Coast Watcher from 1914 to 28 May 1917.  Enlisted in 7th Seaforths and proceeded to France September 1917.  Wounded at St Julien 11 October 1917.  Died in General Hospital Camières 7 December 1917.

The Chaplain wrote:  I saw him nearly every day since he came here, and always found him patient and brave.  We sometimes used to talk about the old Psalms and I remember him lying and singing softly the 46th Psalm to 'Stroudwater'.  He passed away peacefully, trusting in Christ his Saviour.  He is being buried in our Military Cemetery at Etaples, a well-kept place where the bodies of many of our brave soldiers have been laid to rest.

Be still and know that I am God. 
 
Friends of Angus Maclennan will remember his anxiety in having to leave his totally blind and aged mother, and will appreciate what a comfort to his heart was the above text.

Stoker Kenneth Maclennan 

Aged 26.  Tailor.  Son of Mrs Margaret Maclennan, Mill Street, Ullapool.  Joined the 4th Seaforths 1908.  Mobilized 4 August 1914.  Proceeded to France 5 November 1914.  Wounded at Estaminet Corner, Festubert, 23 September 1915.  Discharged 31 March 1916.  Joined the Navy 11 May 1916.  Served on the Boom Defence, Scapa Flow.  Died in the RN Hospital, Granton, 19 October 1918.  Buried in the cemetery of the Old Parish Church of Lochbroom.

Sergeant Alexander Macleod 

Aged 28.  Son of Mr Alexander Macleod, Achnahaird, Achiltibuie.  Joined the Canadian Army September 1914.  Wounded 15 August 1916.  Wounded and missing at Hill 70, 5 August 1917.  Had one brother serving:   Duncan Macleod, the American Army.
The Canadian Premier at the unveiling of the Cross at Vimy:  France lives and France is free, and Canada is better because she did something worthwhile to help free France to live.  In many hundreds of plots throughout these hills and valleys, all the way from Flanders to Picardy, lie fifty thousand of our dead.  Across the leagues of the Atlantic, the heartstrings of our Canadian Nation will reach through all time, to these graves in France. 'Their name liveth for evermore'. 

Gunner Archibald Macleod 

Aged 28.  Son of Mr Murdo Macleod, Polbain, Achiltibuie.  Enlisted in Royal Naval Reserve 1910.  Called up 3 August 1914.  Posted to Drake Battalion and was at the Siege of Antwerp.  Studied gunnery at Whale Island.  Posted to HMS Viknor.  Sailed from England 1 January 1915.  The ship went down with all hands 12 January 1915.  Had four brothers serving:  Alexander Macleod, 4th Seaforths, received the DCM at Neuve Chapelle.  Donald Macleod, Alberta Regiment, Canadian Army, severely wounded near Amiens 1918.  Roderick Macleod, NZIF.  William Macleod, NZIF, wounded at Gallipoli.

Private Donald Macleod 

Aged 21.  Son of Mr Alexander Macleod, Ardmair, near Ullapool.  Joined the 4th Seaforths 5 July 1917.  Transferred to the Machine Gun Corps at Clipston Camp.  Died of Spotted Fever 25 December 1917.

Sapper George Macleod 

Aged 28.  Son of Mr Neil Macleod, Polbain, Achiltibuie.  Emigrated to Canada and took up ranching in Montana.  Joined the Royal Engineers at Montreal in April 1916.  Crossed to Britain.  Was taken ill on the voyage and died in Ruchill Hospital Glasgow, 6 September 1919.  Had one brother serving:  Donald Macleod, 4th Seaforths, wounded and taken prisoner in 1917.

Private Hugh Macleod, 1487 

Aged 26.  Crofter.  Son of Mrs Christina Macleod, Achlochan, Achiltibuie.  Joined the 4th Seaforths 25 March 1913.  Mobilized 4 August 1914.  Proceeded to France 5 November 1914.  Killed in action 6 September 1916.  Buried at Armentières.  
The Chaplain wrote of him:  I hope it will be some comfort to you that your boy worthily discharged his duties, and served his country right nobly.  He was very brave to the end, as he was always. 

Private Hugh Macleod, 225646 

Aged 28.  Son of Mr Murdo Macleod, Blairbuie, Rieff.  Joined the Lovat Scouts August 1913.  Served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Salonika.  Was taken ill with Malaria in Salonika and invalided out of the Army September 1918.  Died at his home December 1918.

Seaman Kenneth Macleod 

Aged 24.  Son of Mr Donald Macleod, Ardindrean, Lochbroom.  Joined HMS Helga in 1915.  Was washed overboard in a gale at Kingstown 22 December 1916.  Had three brothers serving:  Alick Macleod, Seaforths;  John Macleod, HMS Cygnet, William Macleod, Seaforths.

Lance Corporal Neil Macleod 

Aged 20.  Son of Mr William Macleod, Achnahaird, Achiltibuie.  Joined the Lovat Scouts February 1913.  Transferred to the Cameron Highlanders and later to the Gordon Highlanders.  Wounded at Arras April 1917.  Missing March 1918.

Sergeant Norman Macleod 

Aged 28.  An Engineer.  Son of the Rev Donald Macleod, Free Church Minister of Carloway, formerly of Achiltibuie, where Sergeant Macleod was born.  While still a boy he emigrated to America where he began by ranching, and afterwards became an Engineer.  He was one of the first soldiers from Billings to enlist for oversea service, and went through seven of the nine big engagements in France, and was one of the first Americans "'over the top' at Chateau Thierry, where he was severely wounded and gassed." [Extract from the Billings Gazette, USA]  Died of wounds and gas poisoning at Galin Military Hospital, USA, 20 April 1918.

Private Roderick Macleod 

Aged 19.  Footman.  Grandson of the late Mr Thomas Macleod, Leckmelm.  Enlisted in the 8th Black Watch November 1914.  Killed in action at the battle of Loos 25 September 1915.

Private Roderick Macleod, 4028 

Aged 29.  Son of Mr Alexander Macleod, Blair Buie, Rieff, Achiltibuie.  Joined the 4th Seaforths 1910.  Proceeded to France May 1916 where he was transferred to the 7th Seaforths.  Killed at Arras 9 April 1917.  Had one brother serving:  Alexander Macleod, Seaforths.

Seaman Simon Macleod 

Aged 39.  Son of Mr Roderick Macleod, Achduart, Achiltibuie.  Joined in the summer of 1915.  Served in HMS (Destroyer) Gurkha.  Mined or torpedoed in the English Channel, when all hands were lost except eight, 8 February 1917.  Had one brother serving:  Donald Macleod, Lovat Scouts.

Lieutenant Robert Alexander Cameron Macmillan 

Youngest son of the late Rev John Macmillan, Free Church Manse, Ullapool.  Lieutenant Macmillan was educated at the Ullapool School, the Glasgow High School and the Glasgow University, and was probably the most distinguished scholar of any of those whose records appear in these pages.  He took his Degree with First Class Honours in Philosophy and the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred upon him in his twenty-eighth year.  His chief literary work was The Crowning Phase of the Critical Philosophy.

In December 1913 he accepted a Call to St John's Presbyterian Church, Kensington, and it is said that his wonderful sermons were an inspiration to many who prized his friendship as a gift of God.  The came the War and from the first he felt the Call.  "I cannot see much use in preaching at present," he wrote from London.  "I have nothing to say.  How can I stand up and preach courage to young men when I haven't myself done what they are willing to do?  So you must not be surprised if you hear that I have joined."

For nine months he served as a Chaplain to the 2nd Camerons in France and Salonika, and then resigned and came home to train in the OCB.  Received his commission November 1916.  Posted to the Seaforth Highlanders.  For six weeks he was in training at Cromarty.  "If I got leave to go up to the top of Ben Wyvis, I could see dear old Ullapool," he wrote.  "I have a great longing to see it, but fear it can't be managed."  Before going to the Front his wish was granted.  He came to Ullapool and preached to a large congregation in the United Free Church.  Embarked for France early in 1917.  Attached to the 6th Seaforths but ultimately joined the 2nd Seaforths, the old 78th.  On 9 April they went into action.  On the 11th he was reported missing.  Five weeks later he was found, and his body lies in the cemetery between Fampaux and Roeux.

Amongst many tributes paid to his memory special mention must be made of the following address by Colonel John Buchan:  I am glad to have the privilege of paying my last tribute to one of the greatest and most heroic spirits I have known.  I think I knew Robbie Macmillan longer than most of you here.  He was an intimate friends of my family and myself ever since he first came down from the far Northern Highlands to study at a Scottish University.  I knew him as a brilliant scholar, a philosopher who, if he had lived, would have done great things in the world of thought.  I knew him, as you knew him, as one of the few living preachers whose lips were touched with the Divine fire.  I knew him, above all, as the kindest and loyalest of friends.  But I never knew one half of his greatness till the outbreak of War.  I remember having many talks with him when he was still struggling to find where lay his chief duty.  As you know, he did admirable service as a Chaplain in France and at Salonika.  But I always felt that this would not content him.  He was one of those who, when they give, must give everything, and he was a happy man when, after the gallant fashion of our Presbyterian Church, he joined the combatant ranks in his beloved Seaforths.
At a time like this words have little meaning.  How are we to speak adequately of those who have made the great scarifice?  He has given his life for his country.  Do you realise the tremendous meaning of that phrase?  Most of us do not give our lives;  they are taken from us slowly, bitterly and unwillingly.  But he, and others like him, gave their lives cheerfully and freely, and the gift was the greater when a brilliant career lay before the giver.  We do not dare to call that a tragedy which for him was a privilege;  we cannot call that a loss which for him was infinite gain.  He loved and followed his Master, and he now knows Him face to face.  He was a seeker after truth, and he has won the great illumination.  He thrilled to his country's glory and honour, and he is now part of it for ever.  'The paths of glory lead but to the grave';  it is a famous line from a famous poem.  But it is not true.  They are the only paths that do not end in the grave.  The paths of common pleasure and common ambition find there their inexorable end, but the brave man, dying in a great cause, is a victor over death.  For him the depths of the Valley of the Shadow became the shining and sunlit steeps of immortality.

I have found sometimes among the French soldiers a curious fancy.  They say that on the battlefields, where they have fought so often, the dead must still be reckoned among the combatants, and that they may intervene at some great crisis to turn the fate of the day.  It is a strange fancy, but is it not a parable of the truth?  The world has become, for most of us nowadays, a very small and empty place.  The youngest, the ablest, the bravest and the best are now mostly on the other side.  But they are not dead - they do not even sleep. They are still fighting in the old war for justice and mercy and freedom.  When Mr Standfast crossed the River and won the Celestial City, I do not think he remained there.  I think he went back to the Wicket Gate and continued to strangthen and encourage faint-hearted pilgrims.  We know that Robbie's gallant spirit is still with us for the rest of the journey.  I like to think of his going into battle on that April day at Arras, in the certain confidence that death, if it overtook him, was no more than a little darkness before a great daylight, a short pause in an immortal energy.  I like to think of him in the noble words of the old ballad, the words of another Scottish Hero:
Fight on, fight on, ...
Though I be hurt, I am not slain;
I'll lay me down and bleed a while,
And then I'll rise and fight again.

O Lord, Thou knowest how busy we must be this day:  if we forget Thee, do not Thou forget us, for Christ's sake.  Amen.  (Prayer of General Lord Astley, 1579, before the Battle of Edgehill.  Written on the fly-leaf of Lieut. Robert Macmillan's notebook.) 
 
Private Alexander Macrae 

Aged 25.  A Ploughman.  Son of Mrs Elizabeth Macrae, Loggie, Lochbroom.  Joined the Army at Nairn April 1915.  Was wounded three times and twice gassed.  Died of wounds in a hospital in England 11 November 1918 and was buried in the cemetery of the old Parish Church of Lochbroom.

Gunner Ewen Macrae 

Aged 32.  Son of Mr Kenneth Macrae, Loggie, Lochbroom.  Joined the Ross Mountain Battery July 1915.  Served in Salonika.  Died in No. 43 General Hospital, Salonika, 22 September 1917.  Had three brothers serving:  Donald Macrae, 1st Seaforths;  Simon Macrae, 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (twice wounded);  William Macrae, Seaforths (wounded).

Private Kenneth Macrae 

Aged 22.  Occupation:  Gardener.  Son of Mr Kenneth Macrae, Shoemaker, Argyle Street, Ullapool.  Enlisted in the 2nd Seaforths 20 March 1916.  Transferred in France to the 7th Battalion.  Killed at Blangy, near Arras, 9 April 1917.  Had one brother serving:  Alexander Macrae, 6th Seaforths.
Extract from letter written by his Company Commander:  As a soldier he was a splendid man, one whose place will not be easily filled.  He was a very popular man in the Company and his loss will be felt keenly by us all.

Lance Corporal Donald Macswan

Aged 22.  Son of Mr John Macswan, Free Church Missionary, Badcaul, Lochbroom.  Enlisted in the HLI December 1913.  Posted to the 6th Battalion and served with them in the Dardanelles.  Killed near Gallipoli 21 November 1915. 
Had one brother serving:  John Macswan, Lovat Scouts.  He served with the Scouts in the Dardanelles and Egypt and was then transferred to the Cameron Highlanders and served with them in France, where he was slightly wounded.

Private Roderick Matheson 

Aged 22.  Son of the late Mr Donald Matheson, JP, and Mrs Isabella Matheson, Seabank House, Ullapool.  Enlisted in Kitchener's Army November 1914.  Killed in action at the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Loos 25 September 1915.  Private Matheson was trained in the Bank of Scotland, Inverness, and afterwards joined the International Banking Corporation, London, where he was attached to the Foreign Department.  He was a Member of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland.  Had one brother serving: Private Murdo Matheson.

Private Norman Morrison

Aged 30.  Son of the late Mr David Morrison, The Gardens, Leckmelm.  Enlisted at Fort George January 1904.  Upon Transfer to Reserve he joined the Edinburgh Police Force 1908. Mobilized at Fort George 5 August 1914.  Posted to 2nd Battalion.  Proceeded to France 22 August 1914.  Wounded in the Retreat from Mons 29 August 1914.  Returned to France 12 December 1914.  Posted to 1st Battalion.  Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle 10 March 1915. 
Had two brothers serving: 
Corporal Alexander Morrison.  Fought in the battles of Atbara and Omdurman when only fifteen years of age.  Was through the South African War.  Enlisted in the 90th Winnipeg Rifles September 1914.  Proceeded to France April 1915.  Severely wounded November 1917.
Lieutenant William Morrison, RNR.  Enlisted Hong Kong Contingent September 1914.  Received Commission in RNR.  Navigator HMS Marigold.  Command of Minesweeping Flotilla.  Received the DSC and was twice mentioned in Dispatches.

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