Murdo Mackenzie, 3 Knockaird
The sad news has been received by telegraph that Pte Murdo Mackenzie, Seaforths, of 3 Knockaird, died of wounds at the 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, on the 10th inst. He was in France since mobilisation and came through it all without a scratch until his death. His father died several years ago and his mother died last year shortly after receiving news of the death of her eldest son, Pte Donald Mackenzie, who was killed in action on 25 April 1915. The sole surviving member of the family is now the one and only sister, Dolina, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt in her sorrow in losing her mother and two brothers, all within two years, and also for the other relatives of deceased. It may be mentioned that the grandmother is still living. She has gone through sad experiences which seldom fall to the lot of anyone person in a lifetime. She has been widowed twice, buried five sons (all of whom had come to manhood), a son-in-law, and a daughter (the mother of those lads lost in France and of Dolina). She has met all these bereavements with a quiet and marvellous fortitude and Christian resignation. The township of Knockaird turned out and completed the croft work for the bereaved family, thus showing their sympathy in a practical manner.