Seaman ALEXANDER CRICHTON
Last address in Lewis: 15 Eagleton
Son of Roderick and Margaret Crichton, of Bayble, Isle of Lewis.
Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMT James Ludford
Service number: LT/X7989C
Date of death: 12 December 1939 at the age of 31
Lost in mining of ship
Memorial: Lowestoft Naval, panel 1, column 1
Local memorial: Point, Garrabost
Stornoway Gazette, 22 December 1939
Three Lewis Lads Feared Drowned
There were three Lewismen on the trawler "James Ludford" which sank last
week after striking a mine. The two officers and 15 men are
officially missing, believed drowned.
The Lewis members of the crew were Malcolm Graham, Church Street, Borve; Alexander Matheson, 26 Brue; and Alexander Crichton, 15 Eagletown, Bayble.
Malcolm Graham, who was a son of the late John Graham, was about 38
years of age. He married two years ago and is survived by his wife and
one child. He has been sailing for the past 11 or 12 years. A very
popular man in the district, he was a splendid physical specimen,
thickset and powerful, outstanding even in a district noted for its
Alexander Matheson, 26 Brue, is a son of the late Norman Matheson. About the same age as Malcolm Graham, he was unmarried.
Alexander Nicolson, 15 Eagleton, is a couson of Murdo Nicolson, 3
Marybank, who is missing from the Rawalpindi. Crichton was home on leave
only 10 days before the sinking of the "James Ludford". Both his
brothers are on active service; Nicolson's three brothers are also on
Since the outbreak of war, 19 Lewismen and 1 Harrisman have been reported lost or missing - all of them at sea.