03 May 2017Rousay World War 2 pilot remembered

A short dedication service was held today, in bright spring sunshine, at Rousay War Memorial.  Locals attending included the pupils and staff from Rousay School, while visitors included family members of a young airman, Robert Mainland, who died in the spring 1940 aerial battles against Luftwaffe bombers attacking the Home Fleet in Scapa Flow.  Robert's parents both came from Rousay and he spent his early childhood there, so it is fitting that his sacrifice is now remembered on one of the islands he died defending.  Photos and a brief account of the dedication service can be seen using the link below. 

27 April 2017Papa Westray soldier photos

Anne Rendall, the Chair of the Orkney Family History Society, has kindly provided original photos of three Great War soldiers from Papa Westray which have been added to the website.  Thomas Miller died in April 1917, serving in 8th/10th Gordons during the Battle of Arras.  Thomas Irvine was discharged sick in August 1917, after serving in 8th Seaforths during the Battles of the Somme and Arras, and died of kidney failure in September 1918.  Thomas's younger brother, George Irvine, was wounded in February 1917 serving in Canadian 67th Battalion, but survived the war and returned to Victoria, British Columbia.  The photos can be seen in the Papa Westray portrait section using the link below.

25 April 2017Anzac Day Commemoration 2017

Anzac Day was again remembered in Orkney this morning, despite the seasonally cold weather, in St Olaf's Cemetery. Kirkwall Royal British Legion President Bryan Taylor laid a wreath on the grave of a New Zealand Fleet Air Arm pilot, Lloyd Johnson of Leeston Canterbury.  Memorial crosses were then placed by Legion and Royal Naval Association members, also Australian Greg Miller now living in Orkney.  A webpage about the visit with a couple of photos can be seen using the link below. 

23 April 2017S/13412 Private William Tulloch of Papa Westray and Sanday

Today is the centenary of the death in Iraq of William Tulloch.  William was born in Papa Westray, but worked at Newark Farm in Sanday and brought up a family there, so he is remembered on the war memorials on both islands.  William Tulloch's death took the Orcadian death toll to five of a relatively unknown attack by 1st Seaforth Highlanders in the Action at Istabulat in Iraq on 21st April 1917.  All five of the Orcadians had been called up under the Military Service Act 1916, so were conscripts who joined a Regular Army unit which started the war with only volunteer soldiers.   A pdf biography of William Tulloch has been added to the website Papa Westray and Sanday sections, or can be downloaded direct using the link below.

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