Tag Archives: world war ii

2009.76.1

Email from Charles Pressley to An Tirisdeach (2009) with attached article about the HMS Sturdy

Email from Charles Pressley to An Tirisdeach (11 July 2009) stating his interest in the published articles about the wreck of the HMS Sturdy at Sandaig in 1940, his association with Tiree and friends and relatives of those who were on the Sturdy, and his attached article about the Sturdy that he wrote for the West Sussex Gazette following a visit to Tiree in 1999.

2009.78.1

Family trees for the MacNeils of Balevullin, and the MacCallums (of Tiree) who captained ships during WWII

Family trees of the MacNeils of Balevulin and the MacCallums (of Tiree). Donald Archie MacCallum was captain of “SS Designer”, and Donald MacCallum was captain of the “Baron Inchcape” (internet photo included). Also internet photo of the ship “Huntsman” and a list of the fate of ships of the Harrison Line, with other internet pages about the Harrison Line Shipping Co.

2009.72.4

Copies of a report and accompanying letters written by Lt-Cmdr Cooper of HMS Sturdy in 1945

Copies of a report about the recovery of POWs from Macassar, and two accompanying letters written by Lt-Cmdr Cooper of HMS Sturdy in 1945. The original report was written soon after the POWs had been recovered and outline the POW`s experiences, inter alia, of many of the survivors of the sinking of the HMS Exeter. Retyped from a carbon copy of the original report by a crew member of the Maidstone who had preserved the record for over 60 years.

2009.69.4

Copy of letter containing information about Captain Donald Archibald MacCallum of Tiree, ca 2005

Photocopy of a letter from “George” to Donald MacLeod about a convoy of Navy vessels torpedoed during World War II. Includes information on Captain Donald Archibald MacCallum of Tiree, whose ship “Designer” was sunk on 9 July 1941, was taken prisoner but died when the U boat he was in was sunk on 13 Jan 1943. George survived his ship “Auditor” being torpedoed on 4 July 1941. Paragraph on faulty rescue strategy imposed by Admiralty.

2009.62.1

Newspaper article about new book “Survival against the odds” and its author, Donald J MacLeod.

Newspaper article “Scotland`s Forgotten Heroes” about a forthcoming new book “Survival against the odds” and its author Donald J MacLeod (Harris and Aberdeen). The book tells the story about the story of Petty Officer Donald MacKinnon who survived the Russian Convoys of World War II, and other seamen of the western isles. Includes colour photo of the author and black & white photo of Donald MacKinnon and his sister Rachel during the war.

2009.26.2

Letter to Sarah MacLean, Barrapol from Donald MacLeod, Aberdeeen, 2008, re Tiree captains who died during WWII

Letter to Sarah MacLean Barrapol from Donald MacLeod, Aberdeen, 10 Sept 2008, re Tiree captains who died during WWII. Includes summaries of seamen from Tiree and other Hebridean islands who died in service.

2009.26.3

Letter to Sarah MacLean, Barrapol from Donald MacLeod, Aberdeen, 2009, re Tiree seamen present at German attack on convoy of ships bound for Russia in 1942.

Letter to Sarah MacLean, Barrapol from Donald MacLeod, Aberdeen, 14 Jan 2009, re Tiree seamen who were present at German attack on convoy PQ18 bound for Russia during 12-16 Sept 1942. Includes Captain Hugh MacLean of Tiree, who was awarded the DSC for bravery during the attack whilst serving on the SS Dan-y-Bryn. Also includes details of decorated seamen from other Hebridean islands and a photocopied page from “The War in Pictures, Fourth Year” (Oldham Press, London) describing the battle.