Daniel Mackay was born in Port Vasgo Melness in 1863, the son of George Mackay and Colina Mackay. He married Johan Manson on 23-02-1913 in Thurso, she was the daughter of Robert Manson and Johan Hendry originally from Dalcharn. Daniel enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve, before the outbreak of the First World
War and may have been a herring fisherman in Wick or been employed by a
The men from the Royal Naval Reserve were
called up on the 1 of August 1914; the Wick Division consisted of
380 men, 180 from Caithness and the rest from Sutherland. The Division left
Wick the following day by train, bound for the naval ports and training depots
in the South of England.
Seaman Daniel Mackay was accidentally
drowned at Immingham Docks on Humberside while he was undergoing training at
the Royal Navy Training Depot, H.M.S. Victory. His body was recovered from the
sea and returned home for burial.
Mrs Mackay also lost 2 brothers, a half brother and a 1st cousin in the war. Adam Angus Manson born 1890 who served in 2 Battalion Hampshire Regiment,and died at Gallipoli in 1915, Alexander Hendry Manson born 1882, 13th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers, who died 2nd Dec 1915 at Flanders, WilliamCampbell born 1893, 7th Btn Yorkshire Regiment who was killed 15th Nov 1916 and a 1st cousin Alexander Manson born 1885, son of Angus Manson and Sophie Stewart. Alexander served with the Australian Infantry and was also killed in action serving in Gallipoli in 1915.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
Seaman. R.N.R. Died 14-7-15. 8161.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
Mackay Seaman D. 8161.
H.M.S. Victory. Royal Naval Reserve. 14 July 1915. Husband of
Johan Manson Mackay of Dalcharn, Tongue.
Seaman Daniel Mackay 8161,
Royal Naval Reserve is buried in war grave in TONGUE CHURCHYARD to the South of