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Location: Edinburgh (From Sutherland)
|Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:24 pm Post subject: Stoer Roll of Honour, Sutherland
|Stoer Roll of Honour, Assynt, Sutherland
Location: Stoer Library
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The following information is kindly provided by Craig McLaughlin whose great uncle Robert MacLeod painted the Roll. Craig says that "Apparently when it was drying the cat walked across it and ruined the paintwork! While touched up I don't believe it was ever to the artist's satisfaction"
The Roll was originally hung in the local church but when that fell into disrepair and the roof collapsed it was rescued and is now in the Stoer library. I hope to get photographs of it soon.
The names of the dead are also listed on the Assynt War Memorial in Lochinver.
NORTHERN TIMES - THURSDAY AUGUST 25 1921
STOER WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILING CEREMONY
A Memorial service was held on Friday last in the Parish Church, Stoer, in honour of the men from the Stoer district who gave their lives in the Great War. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Mackenzie, minister of the parish, and the Rev. Donald Mackinnon, Lochinver, minister of the parish of Assynt.
The church was well filled. Members of the various denominations attended in full numbers, and it is probable that seldom if ever since the Disruption had so many worshippers assembled within its old walls. The earlier part of a deeply impressive service was conducted by Mr Mackenzie, who concluded by calling upon Mrs Neil Maciver to unveil the Memorial. The selection of Mrs Maciver to perform this task of honour was regarded by all as highly appropriate. Not only is she the oldest living member of the congregation but she lost a gallant son in the war, Mr Ronald Maciver, M.A., a teacher under the Glasgow Education Authority, and her husband, Mr Neil Maciver, was the highly successful and devoted teacher of Stoer for many years, and has bestowed benefits on the parish which can never be repaid.
The Memorial took the form of a mural tablet, designed and executed by Mr Robert MacLeod, a native of the parish, who also served in the war, and was a distinguished student of the Glasgow School of Art.
After Mrs Maciver had released the Union Jack which robed the Memorial, Mr Mackenzie read the names of the glorious dead:-
Sergt. Murdo MacCaskill, Royal Marine Brigade, Cullen.
Sergt. George Matheson, Canadian Exp Force, Culkein.
Seaman John Murdo Macleod, Royal Navy Reserve, Achnacarnin.
L./Sergt. Hendry Matheson, Canadian Infantry, Clashmore.
Pte. Donald Maclean, New Zealand Regt. Clashmore.
L./Cpl Hector Mackenzie, 1st Seaforth Highlanders, Clashnessie.
Seaman John Mackenzie, Royal Navy Reserve, Clashnessie.
Corpl. Ronald Maciver, Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, Stoer. Seaman William Matheson, Royal Navy Reserve, Clachtoll.
Pte. John Mackenzie, Seaforth Highlanders, Clachtoll.
Able Seaman Alexander MacLeod, Mercantile Marine, Clachtoll.
Able Seaman John Matheson, Mercantile Marine, Clachtoll.
In a deeply impressive address, Mr Mackinnon referred to various instances of Memorials, designed to perpetuate the memory of great events as recorded in the sacred writings, giving as the supreme example "This do in remembrance of me.”
After the service the mural tablet was examined and its beauty and fitness greatly admired.