Angus George Mackay was born
in 1920 in Talmine, son of Hugh Mackay of Altnaharra and Eliza Ross. They were married in 1919 in Tain. Hisfather was employed as a gamekeeper in Skerray he lived in Melness with his
grandmother and aunt.
Angus was a member of the Territorial Army
serving in the 1 Battalion, Lovat Scouts with ‘C’ Squadron, which
recruited from Sutherland, Ross-shire and part of Caithness.
The role of the Squadron was observation and reconnaissance with one pony to
every four men; the rest of the section was mounted on bicycles.
On the 3 of September 1939, the
Lovat Scouts were mobilised with the rest of the T.A. as Britain
declared war on Nazi Germany. The battalion gathered at Beauly to begin intense
training with the squadrons deployed to the outlying areas; ‘C’ Squadron and
the men from Sutherlandshire began training at Strathpeffer.
On the 21 of May the battalion
was moved to Glasgow to embark on the Steamship
‘Ulster Prince’ bound for
the Faeroe Islands. The 1 Lovat
Scouts were to remain in the Faeroe Islands
from 25 of May 1940 until June 1942, to guard against the threat
of invasion. The main task of the battalion, if invasion happened, was to
defend the main towns of Thorshaven and Skaalefjord to the last man and last
The Lovat Scouts were relieved on the 10
of June 1942 by the 12 Battalion Cameronians, returning home by
ship to Invergorden and leave. In July 1942 the battalion was sent to Halkirk,
except for the 4 Company, which was sent on Exercise X, the
guarding of the Royal family at Balmoral.
The battalion was returned to Liverpool on
the 9th of June 1944 and sent on leave, after their leave was over the Scouts
sailed for Italy
to join the 8 Army. On the 29 of July the battalion
arrived in Italy
on the Steamship ‘Queen of Bermuda’ and by August was in the thick of the
Corporal Angus Mackay was killed in action, when he was shot by a sniper, on patrol on the 15 of September 1944, aged 24 years. (See also
Corporal James Gunn, Skerray). The Lovat Scouts remained in the frontline until
the Italian front cease-fire took effect on the 5 of May 1945.
The Lovat Scouts returned to the United Kingdom
in October 1946 and was disbanded.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR
G. 322453. Corporal. (b) Sutherland. Killed in Action in Italy 19-9-44.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Mackay Corporal Angus George
322453. Lovat Scouts. 15 September 1944. Age 24. Son of Hugh and
Eliza Mackay of Altnaharra, Sutherlandshire. Plot III. Row D. Grave 19.
Corporal Angus George Mackay
322453 Lovat Scouts is buried in a war grave at AREZZO WAR CEMETERY, ITALY.
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