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Searching for WW. 2 photo's from Sittard

I'm searching for WW. 2 photo's from Soldiers,battalion/Companyphoto's, whom where billeted in Sittard during World War 2. I also am serching for all information,Veteran accounts about the actions that took place in january 1945. (Fightings for Schalbruch (Germany),and so on).

Any information or reaction will be much appreciated.


Added by Jan de Wilde on December 3, 2013 at 21:32 — No Comments

Gilbert Gaskell from Lancashire enlisted into Black Watch

My Dad Gilbert Gaskell from Wigan Lancashire was enlisted into the Black Watch at Perth on the 20th  of June 1940

His army no was 2Y62226 and was a private

Dad and Mom immigrated to South Africa with my brother Barry and I in 1948 and we have been here ever since.   He used to tell us lots of stories of the war .   I am compiling all the photos I have and will post them soon.

norma gargan (nee…


Added by norma gargan on January 4, 2013 at 14:15 — No Comments

1941 adn all that.

Born in 1941 I have no memories of the war except vague recollections of playing with a gas mask and my Dad bringing home sweets when he returned from the Army.

I love reading memoirs from World Ward 2 and films depicting true facts. Enigma is one of my favourite films and although life must have been precarious and scary the very danger added to the depth of appreciation of what one had. Technology we may have today but life then I feel must have been more rewarding and seldom…


Added by margaret brown philip watson on September 30, 2011 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

HMS Carmania

The picture from the collection of Uig Historical Society shows a group of sailors aboard HMS Carmania during the Great War.  HMS Carmania was a Cunard liner (built 1905) which was converted into an Armed Merchant Carrier, and later served as a troopship.  In the very early stages of the war, on 14…


Added by Sarah Egan on June 4, 2011 at 20:35 — No Comments

Book: Island Heroes, the Military History of the Hebrides

Island Heroes is published by the Islands Book Trust and consists of the proceedings of their three-day conference held on this subject in Shawbost, Lewis in 2008.  Chapters:


No Great Mischief - Frank Thompson

The Outer Hebrides During the Wars of Empire and Revolution, 1750-1815 - Andrew…


Added by Sarah Egan on February 11, 2011 at 23:20 — No Comments

Donald Macdonald, DSM

Donald Macdonald, Domhnall a Ghreusaich, (1881-1940) was the son of Donald Macdonald, the shoemaker in Geshader, Uig, Isle of Lewis. He was in the RNR, ON 4254 SD and was mentioned in Dispatches in March 1919 and awarded the Distinguished Service Medal as a result of an incident in the Channel. He…


Added by Sarah Egan on February 11, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

Letters from a soldier Edgar Owen WILDMAN Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders


February 1940 - March 1945



How the collection came…


Added by John David Wildman on February 10, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

The Groningen Internees, 1914

When the call for volunteers came in August 1914, a huge number of men from the islands made their way immediately to Stornoway and from there to Kyle of Lochalsh, and eventually to one of the Channel ports. The most pressing military need at the time was for infantrymen, not for ships' crews, so the…

Added by Sarah Egan on July 31, 2010 at 18:33 — No Comments

Shonnie Goravig

Seonnaidh Gorabhaig, John Maclean, was born in the tiny village of Ungeshader, Lewis, in 1888. He was unmarried and remained in the family home at No. 3 with his brother Peter ("the Coll") and latterly Peter’s wife Effie. The two brothers built Taigh na Coll themselves in the 1930s, carrying the stone in from half a mile away.

Seonnaidh served in the Royal Naval Reserve and was called up in 1914 to join the First Naval Brigade. He was posted to Antwerp and was taken prisoner, a… Continue

Added by Sarah Egan on July 25, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

Five Sons at Sea

Five Macdonald Brothers

During the Second World War, five Macdonald brothers from the village of Valtos, Uig, Isle of Lewis, served at sea. The five sailors were sons of Donald and Christina Macdonald 22 Valtos.

Their mother Christina (nee Maciver), formerly of 25 Valtos, had lost two brothers in the First World War. Norman Maciver serving on a destroyer was swept overboard and lost in 1915 and Murdo Maciver in the Canadian Seaforths was killed in action in France… Continue

Added by Sarah Egan on June 6, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

Wartime Enaclete

Memories of Enaclete, Uig, Isle of Lewis during WW2, from Donald John Macleod (now Aberdeen) who grew up there. From Comann Eachdraidh Uig (

As a boy in Enaclete I heard many stories about the war, including the Onslow action, being discussed by Calum Iain Smith and the worthies who…


Added by Sarah Egan on May 26, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Towards the launch

5 weeks from yesterday and we'll be launching the new Remembering Scotland At War website at Edinburgh Castle! Very exciting but sooooo much still to do!! Eeeeek!!!

Added by Andrew Salmond on May 21, 2010 at 11:00 — 7 Comments

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