• WWI

    HMS Carmania

    by  • 7 June 2011 • Military & Police, WWI • 1 Comment

    carmania sm crop

    A photo of Lewis crew aboard HMS Carmania, which engaged and sank the German ship Cap Trafalgar off Brazil in 1914. The only Uig man known to have served on the Carmania was Donald Macritchie, 7 Aird.

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    A Little Extra Hardship in Groningen

    by  • 23 August 2010 • Military & Police, WWI • 0 Comments

    Further to the story about the Naval Division men interned in Groningen at the very beginning of the Great War, here’s a note from the Ness news in the Gazette (date unknown at present but about 1917) about the poor rate of exchange they were getting on remittances from home. As previously mentioned, the internees, [...]

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    An Iolaire Survivor

    by  • 8 November 2009 • Military & Police, WWI • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=969,382] Translated from an interview with An Geal, John Maclennan, born 1896 at 15 Kneep and married at 4 Aird, Uig. The Admiralty ship the Iolaire taking servicemen home to Lewis grounded on the Beasts of Holm outside Stornoway, on the 1st of January 1919. More than two hundred men perished. Translated by Maggie Smith. [...]

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    British Summer Time and Census Night

    by  • 29 March 2009 • History, WWI, WWII • 0 Comments

    The clocks went forward this morning.  In case you missed them previously, we have two short pieces here on the first use of BST in Uig in 1917, and from a 1965 article looking back to the continuing disagreements over it in 1925 and during WW2. Readers in Lewis and Harris, please remember tonight is [...]

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    Interned at Groningen in 1914

    by  • 30 October 2008 • History, Military & Police, WWI • 12 Comments

    This unidentified sailor with the Naval Division is believed to be one of those interned in Holland in 1914.  The picture was taken at Groningen, and comes to us from 10 Mangersta.  Is he one of the Uigeachs listed below who spent the war in “HMS Timbertown”?  The following was written by Dave Roberts for [...]

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