Comhairle pays tribute to Iolaire servicemen

Councillor Norman A Macdonald, second from right, laid a wreath on behalf of the comhairle and the community while a representative of the Royal British Legion also laid a wreath.

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A short service was held at the Iolaire memorial in Holm on New Year’s Day to commemorate 102 years since the loss of HMY lolaire on January 1 1919.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener Councillor Norman A Macdonald laid a wreath on behalf of the comhairle and the community, while a representative of the Royal British Legion also laid a wreath.

HMY Iolaire was carrying hundreds of Royal Naval Reserve members, who had been granted leave to visit their loved ones on Lewis, Harris and Berneray. The vessel foundered on rocks close to Stornoway harbour during the early hours of January 1, 1919, resulting in the deaths of 201 of the 280 men on board.

The men had been returning home to Lewis, Harris and Berneray having survived the First World War.