HM Yacht Iolaire

HM Yacht Iolaire

This name has cropped up on a number of occasions and I decided that I needed to gather as many of the victims as I could. The Iolaire was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War back to the Scottish island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. She left the port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland late on the evening of 31 December 1918. At 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, as the ship approached the port of Stornoway, a few yards offshore and a mile away from the safety of Stornoway Harbour, she hit the infamous rocks "The Beasts of Holm" [Biastan Thuilm] and sank. The death toll was officially put at 205, of whom 181 men were islanders, but as the ship was badly overcrowded and there was a lack of proper records, the toll could have been slightly higher. Only 75 of the 280 (officially known) passengers survived the disaster. 73 percent of the men on the yacht perished in the incident. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMY_Iolaire The records of the men involved are very difficult to research because of the multiple men with the same names and surnames and we have based this list mainly on the CWGC records which may sometimes differ with the WW1 Naval casualties information. The most complete ROH appears to be at http://www.adb422006.com/Iolairelist.htm

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  • Profile picture for Finlay Mclennan

    Born 1897

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy DA 18771 Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 18771/DA Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve - H.M. Yacht "Iolaire."

    Royal Navy 18771.D.A. (PO) Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve: HM Yacht Iolaire

  • Profile picture for Peter Buchanan

    Born 1886

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy A 7700 Seaman Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 7700A Seaman Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Pembroke."

    Royal Navy 7700.A. (Ch.) Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Pembroke

  • Profile picture for Donald Macdonald

    Born 1876

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy C 2373 Seaman Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 2373/C Seaman Royal Naval Reserve - H.M. Yacht "Iolaire."

    Royal Navy 2373.C. (CH) Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Muskerry

  • Profile picture for Donald Macdonald

    Born 1882

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy B 2688 Seaman Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 2688B Leading Seaman Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. "Ganges."

    Royal Navy 2688.B. (CH) Leading Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Ganges II

  • Profile picture for Malcolm Mcmillan

    Born 1870

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy 1848/D Seaman Royal Naval Reserve

  • Profile picture for Donald Mcleod

    Born 1898

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy SD 4944 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 4944/SD Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve: HM Trawler Sesostris

  • Profile picture for Donald Mcaskill

    Born 1884

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy DA 21143 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 21143. D.A. (Ch.) Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Gunner

  • Profile picture for Norman Macphail

    Born 1886

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy DA 14663 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 14663.D.A. (Ch) Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Venerable

  • Profile picture for Norman Macleod

    Born 1899

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy TC 1186 Royal Naval Resrve

    Royal Navy 1186.T.C. (Ch) Trimmer Cook Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Venerable

  • Profile picture for Angus Mcleay

    Born 1880

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy B 3689 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 3689.B. (CH) Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Emperor of India

  • Profile picture for Murdo Campbell

    Born 1900

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy DA 20536 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 20536. D.A. (Ch) Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve: HM Trawler Matthew Flynn

  • Profile picture for Alexander Angus Mcleod

    Born 1896

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy SD 3455 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 3455.S.D. (CH) Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Idaho

  • Profile picture for John Mciver

    Born 1873

    Died 1919

    Other Empire Force Mate Mercantile Marine Reserve, H.M. Yacht "Iolaire."

  • Profile picture for Angus Mciver

    Born 1880

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy C 1855 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 1855.C. (CH) Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Pembroke

  • Profile picture for Richard Gordon William Mason

    Born 1874

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy Commander Royal Naval Reserve HMY Iolaire

    Royal Navy 00992 Lieutenant Commander Royal Naval Reserve

  • Profile picture for Malcolm Mcleod

    Born 1898

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy DA 14384 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 14384.D.A. (CH) Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Idaho

  • Profile picture for Donald Macleod

    Born 1887

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy A 3329 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 3329.A. (Ch) Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Victory

    Royal Navy 3329/A Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HM Yacht Iolaire

  • Profile picture for Angus Gillies

    Born 1889

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy A 4502 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 4502.A. (Ch.) Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HM Yacht Seahorse

  • Profile picture for Malcolm Mcinnes

    Born 1895

    Died 1919

    Royal Navy A 8896 Royal Naval Reserve

    Royal Navy 8896.A. (CH) Seaman Royal Naval Reserve: HMS Dublin

  • Profile picture for Alfred Stoneley Taylor

    Born 1888

    Died 1919

    Other Empire Force Assistant Steward Mercantile Marine Reserve

    Other Empire Force Assistant Steward Mercantile Marine Reserve: HM Yacht Iolaire