Vic­tim: One man’ s tragic tale

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

The mu­si­cal duo has un­cov­ered nu­mer­ous tales re­lat­ing to men on board HMY Io­laire.

One tale tells the story of Mal­colm MacIver of Breas­clete. Mr MacIver was the only man left at home in his fam­ily to tend the fam­ily croft and bring in the peats. His brother was away fight­ing in France with Mr MacIver left to look af­ter his un­well 72-year-old mother and se­ri­ously ill sis­ter.

Mr MacIver was called up to go and fight in the war but ap­plied for an ex­emp­tion due to be­ing the sole carer of his mother and sis­ter. His re­quest was re­jected.

As part of his ap­peal, a let­ter was pre­sented to the de­ci­sion board that had been signed by ev­ery crofter in the Breas­clete com­mu­nity. Their re­quest that Mr MacIver be spared his en­list­ing was not con­sid­ered.

Mr MacIver spent two years on the bat­tle­field be­fore re­turn­ing home on the Io­laire that fate­ful evening.

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