A compilation book on our Fallen War Heroes, from Stornoway and District, who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle has been expertly and painstakingly put together by Malcolm Macdonald of the Stornoway Historical Society.
The weighty 160-page volume chronicles and notes the passing of all the men and women who gave their life since the time of the Boer War. Each Fallen Hero is honoured with notes about their life, date of births, home addresses, how they met their fate and also notes on where they are buried or commemorated around the world in memorial.
Titled Fallen War Heroes of Stornoway and District the book goes on to list the medals and hours bestowed on our local heroes who were imprisoned in Prisoner-of-War camps and it follows Commonwealth War Gravers criteria for deaths in both World Wars.
In this the centenary of the First World War it is a timely and poignant tribute to all those who gave their lives in all of the wars from the Spanish American War of 1898 up to the present day.
The book is beautifully laid out with a huge amount of research on all of our Fallen Heroes and a wonderful collection of photographs of those who gave their lives, of warships, war time letters and war time images.
Speaking to the Gazette Mr Macdonald, who is chairman of the Stornoway Historial Society, said: “The first reports that we have received from readers of the book are of how much they appreciate the vast amount of research that went into compiling the story of all those lost in the wars.
“The aim of the publication was to tell the reader of each individual’s life and sacrifice, so that there will be more meaning to the names listed on the war memorials. It is gratifying to know that aim appears to have been achieved.”