John Murdo Macleod, 7 Upper Garrabost

Last address in Lewis: 7 Upper Garrabost
Son of John and Annie MacLeod, of Garrabost, Isle of Lewis.
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Service number: D/X20336A
Date of death: 11 May 1942 at the age of 27
Lost on HMS Lively sunk in air attack off Crete
Memorial: Plymouth Naval, panel 75, column 1
Local memorial: Point, Garrabost

Stornoway Gazette, 19 June 1942
It is with deep regret that we record the death of John M Macleod of 7 Upper Garrabost, better known in this district and to his many friends elsewhere as "Layan". Coming home from the Merchant Service shortly after the outbreak of hositilities, he immediately answered his country's call for, like his two brothers, Hugh and Donald, he was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve. "Layan" was well known in the district for his good humour and ready wit. No party could ever be dull when he was present. At work as well as at play, he treated life lightly and looked on the brighter side, indeed his witty chatter and his merry laugh would help to lighten any burden. His personality endeared him to his intimate friends, and his easy affable manner continually enlarged his circle of acquaintances. The news of his death cast a gloom over the community. To his sorrowing family we extend our heartfelt sympathy. In the course of his service, "Layan" was drafted to HMS Lively, and in this ship he saw active service in the Mediterranean. Some weeks ago, during an air attack south of Crete, int eh area of sea well known to the Mediterranean Fleet as "Bomb Alley", HMS Lively was sunk, and "Layan", following the path of duty, disappeared from the sight of men. He had reached the age of 27 years. We shall miss his company, but we will remember his name.

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