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View Record Number 192 - Mr. Donald Allan MacIsaac

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Name:Mr. Donald Allan MacIsaac
Address:East Kilbride
South Uist
Place of death:Genoa, Italy
Date of funeral:25/05/1970
Presider:Mgr. Neil MacKellaig
Occupation:Merchant Seaman
Veteran of War:Yes
Branch of Service:2nd Officer, "London Valour"
Additional Info:From the newsletter dated 12th April, 1970 (Written by Mgr. Neil MacKellaig):
“Once again the hazards of life at sea have been brought home to us in a tragic manner. One of the victims of the tragedy in Genoa last Thursday was Domhnall Ailean Iain Ruaraidh Steaphain of Taobh a' Chaolais" which when translated from Gaelic is "Donald Allan whose father was Iain whose grandfather was Roderick whose great grandfather was Stephen of East Kilbride".
Donald Allan, who was 25 years of age, was second mate on the 16,000 ton "London Valour" and was due to sit for his master's ticket in the near future. Word came on Friday that his body has been recovered and that will be a great consolation to his parents. Donald Allan left only a couple of months ago after a five month holiday. He was very highly thought of by all who knew him and seemed destined for a highly successful career at sea. Also drowned were Radio Officer Eric Hill and his wife Nan. Before going to sea, Mr. Hill, from MacDuff, was for some time manager of the Packing Station in Lochboisdale.”
From the following week’s newsletter dated 19th April 1970 (written by Mgr. Neil MacKellaig) “We have been in close contact all week with the shipping company which owned "London Valour". They have been making every effort to find the bodies of those lost in the tragedy last week and return them home but there have been some difficulties to be ironed out with the Italian authorities. However, these have now been overcome and the bodies are to be flown home on Monday. The funeral of Donald Allan should, therefore, take place in mid-week.”
From the following week's newsletter dated 26th April (written by Mgr. Neil MacKellaig): “Yesterday we had the funeral of Donald Allan MacIsaac. We received several false reports of the arrival of the coffin, but eventually it reached London on Thursday and was brought to Uist the following day. His parents have had a worrying time and we can be thankful now that their ordeal is over. They received a letter from the shipping firm testifying to the fact that Donald Allan had saved several lives and that it was in the process of going to the aid of others that he lost his own life, He was a great credit to his family.”
Mr. MacIsaac received posthumously the silver medal for gallantry in Saving Life at Sea from the Queen.
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Death Register Number:70/11
Lair Number:557
Gravestone Inscription:In Loving Memory Of
Donald Allan MacIsaac
2nd Officer, "London Valour"
Accidentally Drowned
At Genoa
9th April 1970
"Our Lady Star Of The Sea Pray For Him"

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Mr. John MacIsaac (Father) (deceased) view record.

Mrs. Euphemia MacIsaac (Mother) (deceased) view record.