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Gravir, South Lochs, Lewis

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Gravir, South Lochs, Lewis Reply with quote

Gravir [Grabhair] lies in the district of South Lochs, 27 miles south of Stornoway. It can be reached from the A859, the main road to Harris. At Balallan, take the B8060 to South Lochs. The road is signposted as leading to Leumrabhagh [Lemreway]. Gravir is 10 miles from Balallan.

The cemetery lies behind the church at the main crossroads in the village, where you should turn right into Glen Gravir. Carparking is available at the church, or at the road junction.

Grid reference: NB374157



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Seaman MURDO FERGUSON
Last address in Lewis: 3 Lemreway,
Son of Murdo and Christina Ferguson
Husband of Betsy Ferguson, of 3, Lemreway, Lochs, Stornoway, with 4 children
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMT Morgan Jones
Service number: 258/SD
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 48
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Called up at outbreak of war
Interred: Gravir, Lewis
Memorial reference: New Ground, southeast part
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader


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Able Seaman MURDO FINLAYSON
Murdigan Aonghais Alasdair
Last address in Lewis: 10 Calbost
Son of Angus and Christina Finlayson, of Lochs.
Service: Merchant Navy
Date of death: 1 February 1944
Lost on SS Caleb Sprauge, when that ship was sunk at Newhaven by enemy action.
Had served in RNR for 2 years 9 months before war
Interred: Gravir Cemetery
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader

NOTE: Murdo Finlayson has two memorials in Gravir cemetery, in separate locations. Both are shown above.


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Seaman DAVID MACINNES
Last address in Lewis: 2B Lemreway,
Son of Peter and Annie Macinnes, of 2, Lemreway, Lochs, Stornoway.
Regiment or division: Royal Naval Reserve, HMT Daniel Henry
Service number: 19531/DA
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 19
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Gravir, Lewis
Memorial reference: New Ground, southeast part
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader


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Able Seaman MALCOLM MACINNES
Calum Phadruig
Last address in Lewis: 2 Lemreway
Son of Peter and Annie MacInnes, of Lemreway, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis; husband of Christina MacInnes.
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: D/6045/D
Date of death: 20 March 1945 at the age of 44
Lost on last convoy to USSR when HMS Lapwing was sunk by U-968
Memorial: Plymouth Naval, panel 95, column 2
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader


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Seaman MURDO MACINNES
Murdaidh Chalum Mhurchaidh
Last address in Lewis: 36 Gravir
Son of Malcolm and Christina Macinnes, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: X19531A
Date of death: 31 January 1942
Lost on HMS Belmont sunk by U-82
Memorial: Portsmouth Naval, panel 71, column 1
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader


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Petty Officer Sick Berth MALCOLM MACKENZIE
Son of Murdo and Jane Ann Mackenzie.
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M.S. Lanka
Service No: D/MX 68592
Date of death: 25 March 1945 at the age of 29
Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 94, column 3
Interred: Gravir Cemetery


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Two casualties on this memorial:

Leading Seaman NORMAN MACKINNON
Tormod Ruaraidh Hearraich
Last address in Lewis: 24 Marvig
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: LT/X20517A
Date of death: 15 June 1942 at the age of 21
Lost on HMT Kingston Ceylonite
Served on several ships
Memorial: Lowestoft Naval, panel 8, column 2
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader

Piper DONALD MACKINNON
Dolan Ruaraidh Hearraich
Last address in Lewis: 24 Marvig
Son of Roderick and Marion MacKinnon, of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Service: 4th Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 2819682
Date of death: 8 November 1941 at the age of 24
Interred: Delhi War Cemetery, grave 4. K. 2.
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader

Donald served in the regular army before the outbreak of war. He was wounded at St Valery in 1940. Upon his return to active service in 1941, he was posted to India, where he died at Delhi.


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Lance Corporal DUGALD MACLEOD
Last address in Lewis: 13 Calbost
Son of Alexander and Annabella Macleod, of 13, Calbost, Lochs, Stornoway.
Regiment / service: 2nd, Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 3/5621
Date of death: 29 September 1917 at the age of 25
Died at home
Memorial / cemetery: Gravir Cemetery, New Ground, on East boundary
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader
Medal: Mons Star. Was twice wounded, lastly at Ypres. Discharged home.


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Aircrafts Woman 1st Class CATHERINE MACLEOD
Catriona Shanndaidh
Last address in Lewis: 23 Marvig
Daughter of Alexander MacLeod and of Margaret MacLeod (nee Kennedy), of Lochs.
Service: Women's Auxiliary Air Force
Service number: 2045870
Date of death: 25 July 1942 at the age of 21
Served on UK bases
Interred: Gravir Cemetery
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader
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Seaman LOUIS MACLEOD
Louis Beag Louis
Last address in Lewis: 37 Gravir
Son of Louis and Isabella MacLeod, of Gravir, Isle of Lewis.
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: C/X19566A
Date of death: 16 March 1941 at the age of 23
Survived the bombing of auxiliary cruiser Corinthia early in the war. Posted to Northern Convoy Patrol. Was lost in severe weather off HMS Boadicea
Memorial: Chatham Naval, panel 49, column 3
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader
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Seaman MALCOLM MATHESON
Last address in Lewis: 13 Gravir
Son of John and Barbara Matheson, husband of Kate Matheson, of 94, Alderman Rd., Knightswood, Glasgow. Had 8 children.
Regiment / service: HMS Actaeon, Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: 3336/SD (CH)
Date of death: 7 October 1918 at the age of 48
Died of pneumonia in hospital at Gillingham
Memorial / cemetery: Gravir Cemetery, Old Ground, Northwest corner
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader


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Bosun EVANDER MACMILLAN
Iomhair Dhomhnuill
Last address in Lewis: 23 Gravir
Son of Donald and Christina Macmillan.
Service: Merchant Navy, MV Fishpool
Date of death: 25 July 1943 at the age of 35
Lost on MV Fishpool, bombed off Syracuse, Sicily
Memorial: Tower Hill, panel 49
Local memorial: Pairc, Kershader
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