Tolsta Chaolais

Deckhand MALCOLM MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 3 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Malcolm and Mary Macleod
Service unit: Royal Navy, HMS Eaglet
Service number: 14469/DA
Date of death: 31 December 1919 at the age of 20
Died of illness
Interred: Dalmore Cemetery
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais


Private NORMAN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 3 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Malcolm and Mary Macleod
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7862
Date of death: 2 May 1915 at the age of 27
Died of gas poisoning at St Julien
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 38
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Uig, East division, panel 2

Private JOHN MACSWEEN
Last known address in Lewis: 3 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Catherine; father from Leurbost, lived in Glasgow
Service unit: 9th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Service number: 11765
Date of death: 25 September 1915
Killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos
Memorial: Loos Memorial, panel 57 to 59
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
The 9th Battalion Cameronians were raised as part of Kitcheners New Army – i.e. the armies made up of the thousands of men who volunteered for military service at the outbreak of the war. They were mainly comprised of civilians who had no prior military service


Sergeant MALCOLM MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 4 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Donald and Catherine Macleod
Service unit: 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 6141
Date of death: 9 May 1915 at the age of 38
Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle
Interred: Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy, grave III. B. 14
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Uig, East division, panel 2
Medals: Mentioned in despatches
Served in the South African Campaign, and on the North-West Frontier of India (1908).

Private NORMAN M MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 4 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of John and Ann Macleod
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Date of death: 23 August 1917 at the age of 31
Killed in action at Passchendaele
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Stornoway, Burgh & Central division, panel 5
Wounded at Givenchy in 1915, awarded DCM and MM


Private NORMAN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 6 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of John and Catherine McLeod, of 806, Garscube Rd., Glasgow.
Service unit: B Coy, 2nd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Service number: S/6866
Date of death: 21 April 1916 at the age of 21
Interred: Cambrin Churchyard extension, grave L2. 12.
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Served as Dick

Seaman DONALD MACAULAY
Last known address in Lewis: 7A Tolsta Chaolais
Son of John and Ann Macaulay
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, SS Induna
Date of death: 1 March 1915 at the age of 30
Drowned after falling overboard on voyage from Sydney to Norfolk Island
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais

Private DONALD MACGREGOR
Last known address in Lewis: 12B Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Murdo and Annie MacGregor
Service unit: C Coy, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/6411
Date of death: 25 April 1915 at the age of 37
Killed in action at St Julien
Interred: Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, B. 1. (Headstone "A" 39)
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Uig, East division, panel 1


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Private JOHN MACGREGOR
Last known address in Lewis: 12A Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Malcolm and Chirsty (Christina) Macgregor.
Service unit: Canterbury Infantry Battalion (N.Z.E.F)
Service number: 6/92
Date of death: 11 July 1920 at the age of 40
Died of war wounds at the Metropolitan Private Hotel
Interred: Christchurch (Sydenham) Cemetery, New Zealand, Block J2. Lot 53.
Stornoway Gazette tribute


Company Sergeant-Major MURDO MACGREGOR
Last known address in Lewis: 12C Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Duncan Macgregor; husband of Marion Macgregor, of 255, Cumberland St., South Side, Glasgow.
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 9314
Date of death: 1 July 1916 at the age of 30
Killed in action on the Somme at Beaumont Hamel
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15C
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Uig, East division, panel 1
Medals: Recommended for distinguished conduct in the Field, Oct., 1915
Went to France in August 1914, wounded in 1915


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Private NEIL MACGREGOR
Last known address in Lewis: 12A Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Malcolm and Chirsty (Christina) Macgregor.
Service unit: 29th Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)
Service number: 645059
Date of death: 21 August 1917 at the age of 35
Killed in action at Vimy Ridge
Memorial: Vimy Memorial
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Uig, East division, panel 1
Was a fisherman before emigrating to Canada 1910. Worked as a labourer in Vancouver.

Civilian CATHERINE MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 23 Tolsta Chaolais
Daughter of John and Mary Macleod
Date of death: (not known)
Interred: Tolsta Chaolais cemetery
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Is thought to have worked in a munitions factory, died in Dundee of influenza. Mentioned on TC war memorial


Sergeant JOHN MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 24 Tolsta Chaolais
Brother of K. Macleod, Esq., M.A., Rector, of Fortrose Academy, H. G. P. School, Fortrose, Ross-shire.
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/8341
Date of death: 1 July 1916 at the age of 24
Killed in action on the Somme
Interred: Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, grave I. H. 30
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Uig, East division, panel 2


Seaman ALEXANDER ANGUS MACLEOD
Last known address in Lewis: 28 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of Alexander and Annie Macleod
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Idaho
Service number: 3455SD
Date of death: 1 January 1919
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire, was never found
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 32
Village memorial: Tolsta Chaolais
Lewis War Memorial: Parish of Uig, East division, panel 2

Seaman MURDO MACDONALD
Last known address in Lewis: 29 Tolsta Chaolais
Son of James and Ann Macdonald
Service unit: Mercantile Marine
Date of death: 17 June 1918 at the age of 22
Interred: Tolsta Chaolais cemetery
Stornoway Gazette tribute

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have got the addresses for Donald and Neil MacGregor the wrong way round. Neil was from 12a Tolsta Chaolais and Donald from 12b, which is where I now live

ADB said...

Anon, many thanks. Have corrected as posted. I was uncertain about these from the outset.

Ronald Armstrong said...

I believe there are a lot of missteps in this and the other online link for soldiers from the Isle of Lewis. According to my cousins, our uncle was Malcolm "Collum" MacKay, the son of Donald MacKay and Margaret MacCleod of Tolsta Cholais. At 21 he would become the youngest RSM in the British Army, with the Seaforth Highlanders, and was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and died while in the Army in India, circa 1931.

My mother was Christina MacKay and immigrated to the US in 1920 Her passport said Stornaway, but she was from Tolsta Chaolis and I visited the site of the Black House where she was born and raised. My cousin Ian Shaw lives in Stornoway and probably knows a great deal more.

Ronald MacKay Armstrong. San Francisco. Age 79

Lewis History said...

Ronald,
Thank you for leaving a comment on the site. There are a couple of points to bear in mind. First of all, this site only lists those from Lewis who died during or immediately after the First War, due to or after war service. To my knowledge, no Mackays from T.C. are listed as having fallen during WW1. Secondly, the information related to WW1 soldiers is riddled with errors, omissions &c, and my information is only as good as that. I'll bear in mind your suggestion re Ian Shaw.

Joan Fenton (Mackay) said...

Ronald

It sounds like your uncle was my grandfather. Just had some research done by a close friend and have gone back to 1751.
Joan Fenton (Mackay)

Pete Macgregor said...

Thanks for putting all this together. I have noticed a few details which don't match with other online data.

Private Donald Macgregor should have different dates,should be "died 25th April aged 37 according to war graves".

Peter Macgregor (pcmacgregor@hotmail.com)