Donald Mackay was born in 1904 in Melness son of Robert Mackay and Marion MacIntosh Mackay. He was married to Barbara Mackay from Torrisdale. He was employed as a labourer on the
roads by Sindlay and also worked as a labourer on the crofts around Skerray and
Borgie. He served with the Royal Naval Patrol Service during World War Two.
In late 1942 he sailed from Lowestoft on
the old Aberdeen trawler Tritelia, commandeered into Naval Service, to patrol
the sea between Iceland and the Faeroe Islands. Donald took ill on board the
ship and when the Tritelia docked in Iceland he was sent home to a hospital in
He was then transferred to a hospital in
Golspie to be near his family; he died there in January 1943. His twin brother
George served in the Lovat Scouts during World War Two, returning home to
Skerray at the end of hostilities.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
found. There is no entry for Stoker Donald Mackay, Royal Navy because he died
from disease and not enemy action. Only servicemen who died or were killed on
active serve have their name remembered in the National War Memorial.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
Mackay Stoker Donald, LT/KX
131279 Royal Navy Patrol Service HMS Tritelia. Died 16 of January
1943. Age 38. Husband of Barbara Mackay Torrisdale. Grave 109.
Stoker Donald Mackay 131279
is buried in a war grave in TORRISDALE BURIAL GROUND SKERRAY.