Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Pte. Thomas Mackay & his brother Pte. William Mackay

Thomas (Tommy)born 24th August 1892 and his brother William (Willie) born 7th December 1895 were born at Achumore, Strath Halladale, Farr, sons of John Mackay, crofter, and his wife Catherine Mackay.  The boys are grandsons of John Mackay, master gardener and his wife Helen Chambers and off John Mackay, crofter, and Marjory Mackay.

Pte. Thomas Ross Mackay, 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders died of pneumonia on 30th April 1915 at Bedford, England.  He was taken back to Sutherland and buried in a War Grave next to his family grave in Melvich Kirkton, Farr. He was 22 years old.

Pte. William Sutherland Mackay, also with the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders was killed in action on 14th September 1915 at Albert, Somme, France. He is buried in Becourt Military Cemetery there.

Both boys are commemorated on Strath Halladale War Memorial, Clan Mackay Society War Memorial Roll of Honour and on their parents' gravestone.

Photograph above taken by Christine Stokes

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