Hugh Mackay was born in
Tongue, one of twin sons of the late James Mackay and widow Christina Mackay of Lotts,
Skerray. They were married in Thurso in 1889. He enlisted into the Army in Tongue, once he had completed his military
training he was sent to the 2 Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders
serving with the 10 Brigade, 4 Division in France.
His story is exactly the same as Corporal
David Newlands from Modsary; Hugh Mackay was killed in action during the attack
on Rainy and Dewdrop Trenches on the 14 of October 1916, at the
age of 19 years. His brother John served in the 4 Seaforth
Highlanders and was severely wounded during the Battle of the Somme by a shell
landing beside him; he survived the war and returned home to his family in
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
Mackay Hugh. S/40031. Acting
Lance Corporal. Killed in Action F&F 14-10-16.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
Mackay Lance Corporal H,
S/40031. 2 Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. 14-10-16. Age 19.
Son of Christina Mackay of
Lotts, Skerray. Thurso, Sutherlandshire and the late James.
Acting Lance Corporal Hugh
Mackay S/40031, 2 Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders has no known
grave and his name is remembered on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, FRANCE.