Many of his parents' friends in Stornoway will regret to learn of the death of Pte Francis Macaulay, of Newton House, and of Mrs Macaulay, 76 Shaw Street, Govan. Pte Macaulay, who was born in Stornoway in June 1899, attended the Nicolson Institute for two years before the family removed to Grangemouth, where he finished his education. After removing to Glasgow the deceased was in the employment of Messrs A. Cochrane, Ltd, grocers, Govan, and was second hand in that shop at the age of 17. He joined the colours in June 1917, and went to France with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in March 1918. He was an exceptionally fine young fellow and was well liked by all his acquaintances. Before leaving to join the Army he received a number of handsome gifts in token of the high esteem and regard in which he was held. He fell in action with the enemy on 21st August 1918. His Lieutenant, writing his mother, says:
"I am writing to express my deep sympathy with you in the loss you have sustained in the death of your son, Pte F. Macaulay. He died a hero's death going forward in an attack on the enemy on the morning of the 21st. It may be some slight consolation to you to know that he did not suffer as his death was instantaneous, caused by an enemy machine gun bullet through the heart. He was liked by all he met and made a good and brave soldier always cheerful under the worst conditions and I personally feel his loss greatly".
The deepest sympathy is extended to his widowed mother and the other members of the family in their heavy bereavement.
13 September 1918