Victim: One man’ s tragic tale
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.