Ranish / Ranais

The Roll of Honour refers to this village as Raerinish

Seaman FINLAY MACDONALD
Last known address in Lewis: 3 Ranish
Son of Angus and Mary McDonald
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMT Balfour
Service number: 7789/A
Date of death: 28 November 1917 at the age of 19
Ship was rammed and sunk off LV Royal Sovereign
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1
Stornoway Gazette tribute


Seaman KENNETH JOHN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 7B Ranish
Son of Colin and Catherine McLeod
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Carmania
Service number: 5348A
Date of death: 14 September 1914 at the age of 19
Killed in action in clash between Carmania and Cap Trafalgar
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 8
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

Private MURDO MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 7 Ranish
Son of Duncan J. and Betsy MacLeod
Service unit: B Coy, 43rd Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Service number: 153873
Date of death: 7 June 1916 at the age of 30
Killed in action at the Somme
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 24, 26, 28, 30
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

Private JOHN M MACKINNON
Last known address in Lewis: 8B Ranish
Son of Christy MacKinnon
Service unit: 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 317256
Date of death: 22 February 1917 at the age of 21
Killed in action in Mesopotamia
Memorial: Basra Memorial, panel 37 and 64
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1

Private MURDO MACKINNON
Last known address in Lewis: 8 Ranish
Son of Murdo McKinnon
Service unit: 52nd Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Service number: 439185
Date of death: 19 May 1916 at the age of 25
Killed in action in France
Interred: Maple Copse Cemetery, grave II. C. 11
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1

Private DONALD MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 11 Ranish
Son of John McLeod
Service unit: 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7257
Date of death: 25 April 1916 at the age of 19
Killed in action in Mesopotamia
Memorial: Basra Memorial, Panel 37 and 64
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1
Held Mons Star

Private JOHN MACKINNON
Last known address in Lewis: 13 Ranish
Service unit: 6th Cameron Highlanders
Service number: 32262, formerly 6866 Lovat Scouts
Date of death: 14 September 1918 at the age of 19
Killed in France
Interred: Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, grave III. F. 2.
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1
Stornoway Gazette tribute


Private FINLAY NICOLSON
Last known address in Lewis: 13 Ranish
Son of Martin and Ann Nicolson
Service unit: 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7120
Date of death: 22 December 1914 at the age of 19
Killed in action at La Bassee
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, Panel 38 and 39
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2
Medals: Mons Star

Private JOHN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 14 Ranish
Son of Murdo and Mary Macleod
Service unit: 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7044
Date of death: 13 January 1916 at the age of 20
Killed in action in Mesopotamia
Memorial: Basra Memorial, panel 37 and 64
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

Seaman COLIN MACKINNON
Last known address in Lewis: 15 Ranish
Son of Kenneth and Ann McKinnon
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMT Carlton
Service number: 3949/A
Date of death: 21 February 1916 at the age of 23
Ship sunk by mine
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 18
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1


Private NORMAN MACKINNON
Last known address in Lewis: 15 Ranish
Son of Kenneth and Annie Mackinnon
Service unit: 9th Battalion Australian Infantry
Service number: 2855
Date of death: 25 March 1918 at the age of 30
Killed in action in France
Interred: Borre British Cemetery, grave II. B. 2
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1
Stornoway Gazette tribute


Leading Seaman JOHN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 19 Ranish
Also known at 3 Matheson Court, Stornoway
Son of Malcolm McLeod; husband of Christy Smith McLeod.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, SS Kut Sang
Service number: 2068/C
Date of death: 29 April 1918 at the age of 43
Ship sunk by UB-105 in Mediterranean
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 30
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1

Seaman DONALD NICOLSON
Last known address in Lewis: 20 Ranish
Son of John and Marion Nicolson
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, SS Portloe
Service number: 3147A
Date of death: 20 April 1917 at the age of 30
Ship sunk by U-67, 160 miles WNW of Fastnet
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

Seaman MALCOLM NICOLSON
Last known address in Lewis: 20 Ranish
Son of John and Marion Nicolson
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Magpie
Service number: 5396/A
Date of death: 1 January 1919
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire, was never found
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 32
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2
Had been in the clash between the Cap Trafalgar and the Carmania

Seaman ALEXANDER ANGUS MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 21 Ranish
Husband of Marion MacLeod
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Imperieuse
Service number: 2745A
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 44
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire, was never found
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 32
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1
Medals: Held Mons Star

Private DONALD NICOLSON
Last known address in Lewis: 21 Ranish
Son of Roderick and Annie Mackinnon Nicolson
Service unit: C Coy, 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7157
Date of death: 7 January 1916 at the age of 20
Killed in action in Mesopotamia
Memorial: Basra Memorial, Panel 37 and 64
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

Private WILLIAM NICOLSON
Last known address in Lewis: 21 Ranish
Son of Roderick and Annie Nicolson
Service unit: 49th Australian Infantry
Service number: 2868
Date of death: 3 September 1916 at the age of 23
Killed in action
Interred: Contay British Cemetery, grave I. A. 26
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

Deckhand NORMAN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 22 Ranish
Son of Alexander and Catherine Macleod
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, Armed Fishing Vessel Egret
Service number: 14988DA
Date of death: 1 June 1918 at the age of 20
Ship sunk by U-boat near Humber LV
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 30
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

Leading Seaman DONALD MACDONALD
Last known address in Lewis: 23B Ranish
Son of John and Margaret McSweyn MacDonald.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Dreel Castle
Service number: 3516/SD
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 28
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Crossbost Cemetery
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1

Private DONALD MACKINNON
Last known address in Lewis: 23C Ranish
Service unit: Lovat Scouts
Date of death: (not known)
Killed in action in France
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost

Seaman JOHN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 31 Ranish
Son of William and Catherine MacLeod; husband of Maggie MacLean MacLeod
Service unit: Mercantile Marine Reserve, HMD Cornrig
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 39
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire
Interred: Crossbost Cemetery
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2


Leading Boatman JOHN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 33 Ranish
Service unit: Coastguard, North Berwick
Service number: 162317/PO
Date of death: 24 September 1914 at the age of 40
Killed by accident in Berwick
Interred: North Berwick Cemetery, grave D. 1571
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 2

ALEXANDER MACKENZIE
Last known address in Lewis: 35 Ranish
Service unit: Cameron Highlanders
Date of death: 1917
Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost

Private DONALD MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 39B Ranish
Son of Catherine MacLeod
Service unit: 1st Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 3/6210
Date of death: 2 March 1916 at the age of 18
Killed in action in France
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panel 38
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1

Seaman DONALD MACAULAY
Last known address in Lewis: 41 Ranish
Son of Malcolm Macaulay
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Gunner
Service number: 2576A
Date of death: 1 January 1919
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire, was never found
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 32
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1

Corporal ANGUS MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 43 Ranish
Son of Leod Macleod
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 9258
Date of death: 25 April 1915 at the age of 25
Killed in action
Interred: Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, B. 1. (Headstone "A" 6).
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1
Had served 5 years with the army in India

Seaman FINLAY MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 46 Ranish
Son of Roderick and Dolina Macleod
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, PT Bega
Service number: 7786A
Date of death: 18 June 1917 at the age of 20
Ship sunk by U-boat north of Shetland
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26
Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1
Stornoway Gazette tribute

5 comments:

telfer664 said...

Your entry for Finlay Macleod of 46 Ranish, who was lost when the RNT Bega was sunk by U 58 on 18/6/1917, states it was sunk off Dover. The RN Casualty site www.naval-history.net and the site www.wrecksite.eu/wreck both state it was sunk 40 miles North of Shetland, the latter site gives the co-ordinates and plots it on the map.

You also show him as Signaler while the others show him as Seaman. I'm not sure if both could be correct or not, but would welcome any further information you may have about this. My address is www.telfer664@btinternet.com. Finlay was my wife's uncle.

Hope this info is of use to you.

ADB said...

Telfer664,
The information on the sinking of the Bega was taken from Loyal Lewis Roll of Honour 1914-1918. This publication contains many errors and inaccuracies. I am happy to quote the location of the sinking of the Bega as north of Shetland; the Roll of Honour is also the source for his rank; checking the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's entry for Finlay shows his rank to be that of Seaman. I have amended that information too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting a picture of my great-grandfather, John MacLeod, 19 Ranais. It's one I had never seen before.

Anonymous said...

Leading Seaman DONALD MACDONALD Last known address in Lewis: 23B Ranish Son of John and Margaret McSweyn MacDonald.Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Dreel Castle Service number: 3516/SD Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 28 Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire. This was my late Grandfather’s Brother, Murdo MacDonald )(who also predeceased me) of 23B Ranish. Can you even start imagine how my my GGF John coped with such a tragedy.Great Uncle Donald had survived WW1 & was to perish on his own shores. Interred: Crossbost Cemetery Village memorial: North Lochs, Crossbost Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Lochs, panel 1..Posted by Stephen MacDonald Cardiff-Wales

Mary said...

Donald MacDonald was my granny Dolina's brother. Yes, it was tragic to have come through the war and lose life so near to home. My granny often spoke about him.
Mary Mackay.