The HMY Iolaire disaster
How can tragedy be grasped and described in all its horror?
It is war and it affects people in all areas of their lives. The men are away fighting, none are left on the island of Lewis but the old and the young. Women struggle, they wait and they fear. Then it’s all over and the men are safe. They are coming home they write; the husbands, the sons, the cousins, the uncle, the fathers. They will be back on New Year’s Day 1919. Lewis celebrates what is probably the happiest New Year’s Eve in history, the houses are cleaned, cakes and biscuits baked, the women are dressing in their finest, they go to bed thinking about their husbands arrival. Soon!
They lie in bed and dream: Tomorrow he will be back! Tomorrow he is back! Tomorrow, finally!
The men write telegrams from Kyle of Lochalsh…
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