John Robert Munro was born in Lairg, son of
James and Georgina Munro of Lairg, Sutherlandshire. Sutherland Transport
employed him as a lorry driver in Lairg; his family and friends knew him as
The family lived and worked at Gubernuisgach;
when John was a child his mother died at the family home two days after giving
birth to twins. A few days later John’s father, James travelled to Durness on
his horse and cart, to register the birth of the twins and the death of his
Whilst in Durness he met a man he knew and
they both had a drink together before James set off back to Gubernuisgach. He
was found dead the following day, his horse had also died; the man who James
had been drinking with was also found dead in his house.
Mrs Henrietta Mackenzie, the mother of the
Mackenzie family from Lairg who had lost three sons and a daughter in World War
One, brought up John and the twins after the death of their parents. At the
outbreak of World War Two, John a member of the Territorial Army was called up
by the Royal Army Service Corps.
He served in the North Africa campaign as
the British fought the German Afrika Corps and Italians in the desert. His job
as a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps was that of re-supply and he would
of drove long hours taking supplies from the rear areas to the front.
Driver John Munro was killed in action in
North Africa on the 23 of December 1942 at the age of thirty-nine.
His name appears on both Melness and Lairg War Memorials.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
R. T/42605. Driver. (b) Sutherland.
Killed in action North Africa 23-12-42.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
Munro Driver John Robert.
T/42605. Royal Army Service Corps. 23 December 1942.
Age 39. Son of James and
Georgina Munro of Lairg, Sutherlandshire.
Plot 12. Row A. Grave 11.
Driver John Robert Munro T/
42605, Royal Army Service Corps is buried in a war grave at MEDJEZ-EL BAB, WAR