Printed emails about military sites on Tiree, 2011, 2013 & 2016
Printed emails to An Iodhlann regarding military sites surveyed on Tiree by Martin Briscoe, Fort William, in September 2011, April 2013 and June 2016. Includes information on hitherto unmapped buildings and links to photo-sharing websites on which there are many photographs of ruins of military installations on Tiree in 2011.
Photograph of seaman Edward Birch, survivor of HMS Sturdy wreck
Black & white photograph of seaman Edward Lionel Francis Birch, M37092 – Engine Room Artificer First Class, who was aboard HMS Sturdy when it ran aground at Sandaig in 1940 with the loss of five lives. The boy in the photo is John Birch, his eldest son. Taken in about 1940. Printed email in filing cabinet 9 drawer 3.
Information about Australian airmen who served with the RAF on Tiree during WWII
Printed pages from the Australian War Memorial website about Australian airmen who served with RAF Tiree 518 Squadron Meteorological Observers during the second World War (1939-1945). Includes information and photographs of airmen Lloyd Winters, L. R. Lambert, Eddu Rudd, Fred Green, Bob Hunt, George Hoare, Summers, Eastwood, Williams, Bill Brocket, Candy, Bonas, Westcott, Moore, and John Charles Grant and Alan Piree who died as a result of accidents at Tiree.
Book `Island Heroes – the military history of the Hebrides`, 2010
Softback book about the military history of the Hebrides from 1750-1945, including a short section about RAF 518 Squadron based on Tiree during the second World War (see pages 131-132). Based on the proceedings of a three day conference held in Lewis in 2008.
Documents and information about the Lamont family of Ruaig, 1862-1945
Photocopies of certificates and information about the Lamont family of Ruaig: (1) birth and death certificates for Captain John Lamont (1862-1926) seaman & crofter, son of Charles Lamont, general merchant & crofter, and Ellen Lamont (nee Munn), (2) letter from Argyll County Council regarding Charles D Lamont`s application for a coal merchant license, 1951, (3) honorary membership card to Buenos Aires social clubs for Charles D Lamont, (4) National Union of Seamen membership book for Charles D Lamont 1941, (5) newspaper obituary for Flying Officer Ian Lamont (Charles D Lamont`s brother) who was killed testing a jet meteor plane in the south of England, (6) certificate of qualification as first pilot for Ian Lamont, 1942, (7) summary of escort sorties flown by Ian Lamont for August 1943 in spitfires and tiger moths, including details of bombing runs by marauders in France, (8) summary of escort sorties by Ian Lamont for March 1945 in spitfires, oxfords, DH82s.
Letters from William G. Gray, Balemartine/Canada about Tiree`s role during WWII.
Two letters and a composition about Tiree`s role during the second World War, written in 1984 by William G. Gray of Canada, grandson of Mr & Mrs Donald MacFarlane who lived at Taigh-na-Mara, Balemartine. One letter is to the Headteacher of Cornaigmore Secondary School offering a copy of the second letter addressed to the Canadian War Graves Commission regarding the graves of Canadian airmen on the island, and his enclosed composition `Significance of the Tiree Air Base during the second World War`.
British pattern Martini-Henry socket bayonet and ply-wood & brass scabbard found hidden in the thatched roof of `Cnoc Bhiosta`, Kilmoluaig, by Ian & Sue Atkins during re-thatching around 2005. For use with the .450″ calibre Martini-Henry single-shot rifle made famous during the Zulu Wars. Manufactured in 1876 and used into the early 1900s. The bayonet has a triangular blade which was banned by the Geneva Convention after WWI because of the irreparable injury that it inflicted. It is not known how the bayonet came to be hidden in the thatch, although the brother of Calum Iain `Bhan` MacKinnon (who once lived in the house) was in the Canadian army in the early 1900s, and may have brought the bayonet to Tiree during a holiday with Calum. Texts identifying the bayonet are stored in filing cabinet 9, drawer 3.
Short sword with brass handle and metal scabbard with belt loop, that could also be fitted to a rifle and used as a bayonet. Thought to be of French design from the late 1700s-mid 1800s – the slightly sigmoid blade is thought to be Asian influenced. Found hidden in the thatched roof of `Cnoc Bhiosta`, Kilmoluaig, by Ian & Sue Atkins during re-thatching around 2005. It is not known how the sword bayonet came to be hidden in the thatch, although the brother of Calum Iain `Bhan` MacKinnon (who once lived in the house) was in the Canadian army (hence French weapons) in the early 1900s, and may have brought the sword to Tiree during a holiday with Calum.
Photograph of a war memorial to mariners who lost their lives in WWII
Colour photograph of a war memorial plaque listing the names of ships in which sailors lost their lives during the second world war. Includes HMS Sturdy which broke up on rocks at Sandaig in 1940 with the loss of five lives.