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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:29 pm    Post subject: Gress, Lewis Reply with quote

Gress Cemetery lies 9 miles north of Stornoway along the B895 road to North Tolsta, just south of the village of Gress. The graveyard is located about a quarter of a mile north of the bridge, which is passed upon leaving the larger village of Back. Ample carparking is available, at the cemetery itself and across the road by the picnic area.

The cemetery is draped across undulating hillocks, and there is a difference in altitudes between various parts of this fairly extensive graveyard. It looks out over the Gress River and Broad Bay.

Many of the men interred here are listed with a by-name, quoted in italics below their name. This is a local custom, due to the relative lack of variety in names. The by-name is made up of the names of ancestors; mac = son.

Grid reference: NB490415



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Seaman JOHN MACLEOD
Son of Alexander and Ann MacLeod, of 40; Coll, Stornoway; husband of the late Christina Maciver MacLeod.
Last address in Lewis: 29 Vatisker,
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, H.M. Yacht "Iolaire."
Service number: RV/2/2628/SA
Date of death: 23 October 1918 at the age of 33
Invalided home, died of illness
Interred: Gress Cemetery
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Seaman JOHN MACASKILL
Last address in Lewis: Lighthill, Back,
Son of Murdo MacAskill, of Light Hill, Vatisker, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Redoubtable
Service number: 3397/DA
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 27
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Gress Old Churchyard
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Seaman JOHN STEWART
Last address in Lewis: 50 Vatisker
Son of Kenneth Stewart, of 50, Vatisker, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Royal Navy, HMS Pembroke
Service number: 3131/A
Date of death: 13 January 1917 at the age of 27
Died of illness
Interred: Gress Cemetery
Local memorial: Back



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Private MURDO MACLEOD
Last address in Lewis: 6 Vatisker,
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Murdo MacLeod, of 6, Vatisker, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: 10th Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 316207
Date of death: 21 March 1917 at the age of 23
Killed in action
Interred: Gress Cemetery, Lewis
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Acting Leading Signalman JOHN MACIVER
Son of John MacIver; husband of Catherine MacIver, of 22, Aird of Tong, Stornaway.
Last address in Lewis: 22 Aird Tong
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, S.S. "Highland Pride"
Service number: 3072/C
Date of death: 9 April 1919 at the age of 36
Interred: Gress Old Cemetery
Lewis Memorial: Back



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seaman WILLIAM JOHN (ROBERT) MURRAY
Last address in Lewis: Well Cottage, Lighthill, Back,
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Pactolus
Service number: 11935/DA
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 21
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Gress Old Churchyard
Lewis War Memorial: Stornoway, Back Division, panel 7
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Seaman ALEX BEATON
Last address in Lewis: 40 Coll,
Son of James and Isabella Maciver Beaton, of 40, Coll, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Mercantile Marine Reserve, HMD Rose III
Service number: 968068
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 28
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred at Gress Cemetery, Isle of Lewis
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Leading Seaman DONALD CAMPBELL
Last address in Lewis: 3 Vatisker,
Husband of Catherine Campbell, of 3, Vatisker, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Pembroke
Service number: 2058/C
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 50
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Gress Cemetery
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Seaman JOHN SMITH
Last address in Lewis: 26 Coll,
Son of John and Betsy McLeod Smith, of Tolsta; husband of Mary Stewart Smith, of 26, Coll, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Vivid
Service number: 3359/A
Date of death: 30 October 1918 at the age of 30
Died in hospital after being invalided home
Interred: Gress Cemetery, Isle of Lewis
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Company Quarter-master Serjeant NORMAN MACINNES
Last address in Lewis: 6 Tong,
Son of Donald Macinnes, 6 Tong
Service unit: 17th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).
Service number: 34599
Date of death: 23 October 1917 at the age of 39
Died in Stobhill Hospital of stomach cancer.
Interred: Gress Cemetery
Local memorial: Back



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Seaman DONALD MACDONALD
Last address in Lewis: 11 Back,
Son of Murdo and Catherine McDonald, of 11, Back, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMD Santora
Service number: 17809/DA
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 19
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Gress Old Church Yard
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Private ALLAN JOHN MACIVER
Last address in Lewis: 29 Aird Tong
Son of Alexander and Annie McIver, of 29, Aird of Tong, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: 3rd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: S/12964
Date of death: 11 December 1918 at the age of 21
Interred: Gress Cemetery
Lewis Memorial: Back



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Private KENNETH MURRAY
Last address in Lewis: Catherine Hill, Back
Son of Allan Murray
Service unit: 4th Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 315949
Date of death: 1 October 1918 at the age of 26
Interred: Gress Cemetery
Local memorial: Back



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Leading Seaman JOHN MORRISON
Last address in Lewis: 10 Coll
Son of John Morrison, husband to Catherine
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, SS Norwood
Service number: 30260(CH)
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 44
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Gress Cemetery
Local memorial: Back



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