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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:22 pm    Post subject: BRESSAY, WW2 Reply with quote



PHOTO COURTESY OF SHETLOPEDIA;
http://shetlopedia.com/Bressay_WW_II_Memorial
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One woman listed.

SUTHERLAND, CATHERINE
Rank: Civilian
Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
Age: 22
Date of Death: 08/12/1941
Additional information: Daughter of John Strachan, of Bankview, Bressay, Lerwick, and of the late J. Strachan; wife of Archibald Sutherland, of South Lighthouse, Fair Isle. Died at South Lighthouse, Fair Isle.
Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
Reporting Authority: ZETLAND COUNTY, SCOTLAND

Died at South Lighthouse, Fair Isle and commemorated on CWGC. This will need more investigation.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From

http://www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/history/Fair%20Isle%20South%20Lighthouse.pdf

During an air attack in December 1941, the wife of an Assistant Lightkeeper (Mrs Sutherland) was killed and her infant daughter slightly hurt. Six weeks after this the wife and daughter of Principal Lightkeeper (Smith) were killed when a second air attack produced a direct hit on the main dwelling block at 3.45pm on 21 January 1942. Two bombs were dropped in this attack, the first registered a direct hit on the west gable end of the main block of dwelling houses. The main building and spare caught fire and were completely burnt out.Roderick Macaulay, Assistant Lightkeeper, walked 3 miles from the North Lighthouse where he and his daughter had a narrow escape in a former raid. Through snowdrifts and gale force winds he journeyed to lend a hand in restoring the South Light to operational order, and back again in the dark to take his own regular watch; he received the BEM for outstanding services.A plaque in memory of the War dead was erected by the Northern Lighthouse Board and Scotlandís Lighthouse Museum on the boundary wall of the Station in March 1998.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wink See Also : http://shetlopedia.com/Fair_Isle_South_Lighthouse_War_Memorial

We've only got this small pic of the memorial, not easy to read, hope to get a better one later !!
Cheers, Oddrun
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oddrun

Would you know where Catherine Sutherland, Margaret Helen Smith & her daughter are buried and the possibility of obtaining a photograph of their graves?

Also a photograph of Fair Isle South Lighthouse.

Whilst my personal project is recording female service & associated organisation casualties I do record a representative selection of 'Civilian' casualties whose function justifies recording. Lighthousemen, whose roll was important at all times, became a particular target in wartime and whilst the men do not feature in my project their wives were not imune as is proved here.

Pity about the memorial only just eleven years old and already missing some of its letters.

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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^Neither myself or Oddrun have had time to look in here for ages, so sorry about late relpy Embarassed
Here's a link to Catherine Sutherland (Strachan), on the Bayanne website.
http://www.bayanne.info/Shetland/getperson.php?personID=I86139&tree=bayanne_1
It's a great site for info on Shetlanders. So searching for the other names there should come up with some answers.

Somehow, we failed to get a picture of the grave of Catherine Sutherland, but we'll add it to our wish list if we get back to Bressay.

Pictures and info about the Fair Isle South Lighthouse are here:
http://shetlopedia.com/Fair_Isle_South_Lighthouse

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eventually got a picture of Catherine Sutherland's grave

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Robbie

Excellent photo

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 8:00 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 8886
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