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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:44 pm    Post subject: North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis Reply with quote

Tolsta - Isle of Lewis

The Tolsta war memorial is in the form of a bronze panel set onto the wall of the community hall. Sorry about the poor quality of the photographs, I arrived in late evening and it was getting too dark to get a decent picture or transcribe the names. I'll post these for now until a proper post can be made. The photos were taken in the mid 1990's so it might well look different now.







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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had never heard of Tolsta before. However 'googling' some images leaves me in no doubt it is a place of great beauty.
Pity about the memorial - what a shocker. Looks like the local youths drinking den....
It would be interesting to see a recent picture in the hope that it has been cleaned up a bit.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CAMPBELL, Kenneth

Rank Gnr

Service Army

Service Number 22011116

Regiment/Corps RA

Place of Birth/Home Town Stornoway, Ross &cromanty

Date of Birth 25 November 1929

Age 18

Date of Death 06 October 1948

Cemetery: Munster, Grave 5.E.5

Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes

Included on Roll of Honour Yes



MacIVER, Donald

Rank Pte

Service Army

Service Number 22202338

Regiment/Corps QOCH

Place of Birth/Home Town Stomoway, Isle of Lewis

Date of Birth 30 August 1930

Age 21

Date of Death 14 January 1952

Cemetery Name British Military Cemetery

Cemetery Address Moascar, Egypt. Grave 13.E.7

Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes

Included on Roll of Honour Yes
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of 33 names for the Second World War only two served in the army, none in the RAF and 31 in the Royal and Merchant Navies.

Notice that the dead of the Iolaire get their own section and are not included amonst the Great War Dead.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The building seems much newer than the memorial so perhaps it was originally somewhere else?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This link will take you to North Tolsta Historical Society gallery. It includes some images relevant to Great War & WW2;

http://www.tolsta.info/galleries.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a shocking memorial.

Sorry folks but a memorial to a community's dead shouldn't just be bolted to a non-descript wall so that all the local neds can abuse it.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:39 pm    Post subject: New site for Tolsta War Memorial Reply with quote

Tolsta is the last village on the road from Stornoway past Back. It is about 10 miles north of Stornoway on the east side of Lewis.

The memorial now lies in a triangle of ground where a loop of road comes off from the main road through Tolsta.

I was brought up in the village next to this one. The memorial has been resited to this site within the last 10 years.





The brass plaque is difficult to read so apologies for all the photos.

















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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: Transcript Reply with quote

I've endeavoured to transcribe the memorial. It is rather disappointing to see it in such a poor state. This was probably the result of the clean-up, necessary after its transfer from the previous location.

The information is arranged broadly as it is on the memorial, i.e.

rank, name - address - date of death - age

World War I
ROYAL NAVY
SMN Donald Murray - 4 North Tolsta - 11/03/1915 - 43
SMN Alexander Murray - 4 North Tolsta - 26/10/1918 - 19
SMN John Macdonald - 12 North Tolsta - 31/05/1916 - 41
PO Donald Maciver - 17 North Tolsta - 30/12/1915 - 44
SMN Donald Murray - 21 North Tolsta - 23/02/1919 - 21
SMN John Smith - 24 North Tolsta - Nov-18 - 26
SMN Roderick Maciver - 26 North Tolsta - 08/05/1917 - 23
SMN Murdo Murray - 27 North Tolsta - 31/05/1916 - 46
SMN Angus Maciver - 33 North Tolsta - 31/05/1916 - 34
SMN John Mackenzie - 37 North Tolsta - 12/08/1915 - 34
SMN Colin Campbell - 47 North Tolsta - 20/01/1916 - 48
LSMN Angus Campbell - 54 North Tolsta - 29/03/1918 - 32
SMN John Macleod - 56 North Tolsta - 31/05/1916 - 42
SMN Murdo Smith - 65 North Tolsta - 24/02/1917 - 42
SMN Norman Macinnes - 2 Hill St, North Tolsta - 26/05/1916 - 25
SMN Donald Campbell - 54 North Tolsta - 22/07/1917 - 33

IOLAIRE DISASTER
SMN John Macdonald - 1 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 42
SMN Donald Macleod - 3 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 23
SMN John Morrison - 8 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 25
SMN Donald Maciver - 38 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 26
LSMN Donald Campbell - 44 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 46
SMN Evander Murray - 45 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 46
SMN Kenneth Campbell - 54 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 24
SMN Donald Macleod - 53 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 31
LSMN Malcolm Macleod - 56 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 22
SMN John Maciver - 69 North Tolsta - 01/01/1919 - 46

MERCHANT NAVY
Steward John Campbell - 47 North Tolsta - 05/08/1916 - 26

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
SGT Murdo Murray - 2 North Tolsta - 12/10/1916 - 23
PTE Alexander Campbell - 2 North Tolsta - 19/05/1916 - 19
PTE Murdo Macdonald - 9 North Tolsta - 30/04/1917 - 21
PTE Donald Murray - 22 North Tolsta - 11/10/1915 - 19
PTE Murdo Graham - 24 North Tolsta - 17/10/1914 - 31
PTE John Macritchie - 40 North Tolsta - 05/10/1915 - 21
PTE Donald Macleod - 53 North Tolsta - 29/03/1918 - 18
LCPL Angus Macleod - 56 North Tolsta - 19/06/1915 - 36
CPL Alexander Macleod - 56 North Tolsta - 03/05/1917 - 28
CPL John Mackenzie - 73 North Tolsta - 09/07/1918 - 34
PTE John Macleod - 1 Hill St, North Tolsta - 01/07/1916 - 18

CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
PTE Donald Martin - 76 North Tolsta - 09/07/1915 - 21

GORDON HIGHLANDERS
PTE John Nicolson - 3 North Tolsta - 16/04/1917 - 19
PTE Angus Macleod - 6 North Tolsta - 01/07/1916 - 24
PTE John Nicolson - 9 North Tolsta - 28/02/1915 - 19
LCPL Alexander Finlayson - 19 North Tolsta - 12/11/1917 - 22
SGT Donald Macleod - 12 North Tolsta - 16/05/1915 - 25
LCPL John Macleod - 29 North Tolsta - 01/07/1916 - 22
PTE John Graham - 31 North Tolsta - 20/07/1915 - 20
CPL Colin Maciver - 62 North Tolsta - 03/06/1916 - 26

ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
PTE Robert Murray - London 12/10/1917 - 21

CANADIANS
PTE Allan Morrison - 49 North Tolsta 25/04/1915 - 19
PTE Thomas Morrison - 49 North Tolsta 29/04/1915 - 21

NEW ZEALANDERS
Angus Maciver - 25 North Tolsta

WORLD WAR 2
ROYAL NAVY
SMN Angus Campbell - 7 North Tolsta - 14/03/1944 - 20
SMN Alexander Campbell - 7 North Tolsta - 25/12/1945 - 37
SMN Angus Nicolson - 9 North Tolsta - 11/07/1940 - 34
PO Murdo Maciver - 18 North Tolsta - 13/08/1945 - 34
SMN William Macleod - 20 North Tolsta - 08/07/1940 - 31
SMN Donald Murray - 21 North Tolsta - 15/11/1943 - 31
SMN Murdo Graham - 24 North Tolsta - 14/09/1942 - 27
SMN John Maclennan - 35 North Tolsta - 09/06/1940 - 36
SMN Kenneth Maciver - 36 North Tolsta - 28/12/1942 - 38
SMN Alexander Maciver - 41 North Tolsta - 14/07/1943 - 30
SMN Murdo Mackay - 42 North Tolsta - 23/04/1954 - 41
SMN Donald Smith - 52 North Tolsta - 23/11/1939 - 19
SMN John Maclennan - 60 North Tolsta - 18/07/1940 - 34
SMN John Smith - 75 North Tolsta - 15/10/1947 - 37
LSMN Donald Mackay - 43 Gress - 20/02/1940 - 30

MERCHANT NAVY
AB John Macmillan - 6 North Tolsta 19/10/1943 - 21
CPO Alexander Morrison - 8 North Tolsta - 16/06/1944 - 45
AB Ivor Macleod - 10 New Tolsta - 10/11/1940 - 20
AB John Maciver - 14 New Tolsta - 10/05/1945 - 32
AB John Macinnes - 4 Gress - 30/10/1940 - 27
AB Murdo Macdonald - 32 Gress - 02/06/1941 - 34

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
CSM John Macleod - Hill St North Tolsta - 04/06/1940 - 36

ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
CPL Donald Murray - 52 North Tolsta - 25/11/1943 - 29

GERMANY, 1948
GNR Kenneth Campbell - Royal Artillery - 8 Hill St, North Tolsta - 06/10/1947 - 18

EGYPT, 1952
PTE Donald Maciver - Seaforth Highlanders - 21 North Tolsta - 11/01/1952 - 21
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:14 am    Post subject: John McLeod GH Reply with quote

John McLeod Private 3/5601 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders Stornoway Stornoway 22 Killed in Action Somme, France 01/07/1916 Son of Angus and Mary McLeod, of North Tolsta, Stornoway. Soldiers Effects: Fa: Angus. Step Mo: Bessie. Bro: Patrick. John. Sis: Catherine. Gordon Cemetery, Mametz Fr 0331 Sp. Mem. B. 53 Daily Record 03-08-16 P5: Tolsta
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:00 am    Post subject: Alexander Finlayson formerly GH Reply with quote

Name: Alexander Finlayson
Birth Place: Stornoway, Lewis
Residence: Stornoway
Death Date: 12 Nov 1917
Death Place: Egypt
Enlistment Place: Stornoway
Rank: L Corporal
Regiment: The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Regimental Number: 29079
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Egyptian Theatre
Comments: Formerly 5958, Gordon Highrs.
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Rank:Lance Corporal
Service No:29079
Date of Death:12/11/1917
Age:21
Regiment/Service:Royal Scots 1st/7th Bn.
Grave Reference: XVII. B. 1. Cemetery:GAZA WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:Son of Alexander and Mary Finlayson, of 10, North Tolsta, Stornoway, Lewis.
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John Nicolson Pte 3/5957 1st Gordon Highlanders b Stornoway e Stornoway Age 19 Killed in Action F & F 28/02/1915 Son of Alexander & Christina. 1901 Census: Tolsta South End 9. B 1896. Soldiers Effects: Fa: Alexander. Bro: John. Sis: Mary. Annie. Christina. Margaret. Bro: Donald. Angus. Memorial: 9 North Tolsta. Wytschaete Military Cemetery B 074 Plot III Row B Grave 10 Stornoway & North Tolsta
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John Nicolson Pte 3/6201 8th/10th Gordon Highlanders b Stornoway e Stornoway Age 20 Died of Wounds F&F 15/04/1917 Son of Murdo & Isabella Morrison Nicolson, 3 North Tolsta, Stornoway. Soldiers Effects: Fa Murdo. Sis: Bessie. Annie. Isabella. Bro: Joh. Etaples Military Cemetery Fr 0040 Plot XXII Row J Grave 17 AJ 14-05-17 P4: Stornoway & North Tolsta
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Angus MacLeod L/cpl 3/6713 2nd Gordon Highlanders b Stornoway 19/05/1882 e Aberdeen Age 34 Killed in Action F & F 01/07/1916 Son of Norman & Christina MacLeod, 6 North Tolsta, Stornoway, Lewis. Soldiers Effects: Fa: Norman. Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz Fr 0397 Plot IV Row G Grave 07 Daily Record 03-08-16 P5: Stornoway & North Tolsta
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