Fatal Glen Nevis

The list is long. So many have died in this area. They perished hiking, driving, training. They died on Ben Nevis, in Glen Nevis and in the surrounding area.


Glen Nevis ©nme Graveyards of Scotland Fatal Glen Nevis

a large number of accidents

They died rock climbing, in avalanches, falling from ridges, crashing into mountains with planes, they were struck by lightning, they drowned, they were killed by explosions.


Glen Nevis cemetery ©nme Graveyards of Scotland Fatal Glen Nevis

Some of those are buried in Glen Nevis cemetery opposite the Glen Nevis Visitors Center, where helicopters and mountain range rescue teams are operating all year round.


Glen Nevis cemetery ©nme Graveyards of Scotland Fatal Glen Nevis

a peaceful part of Glen Nevis

Glen Nevis cemetery, a peaceful and quiet place in this busy area of the Highlands, Fort William is just round the corner. A vast camp site caters for the needs of many visitors. Scotland’s largest mountain is a center of attraction.

There is a considerable number of war graves in this cemetery. No headstone for flying officer John Donald McDonnell though. He crashed his plane into the hillside on May 16th, 1943. Visibility was poor and the pilot had engine problems. He was 21 years old when he died.


Glen Nevis cemetery ©nme Graveyards of Scotland Fatal Glen Nevis

World War II

Sergeant Arthur George Gomm was 25 when a premature explosion took his life in November 1944. The tragic accident happened at the Commando Basic Training center in Achnacarry, just a few miles west of Glen Nevis. He was not the only soldier in training on and around the Commando Dark Mile. He was noct the only one who lost his life.

Ben Nevis from Gairlochy ©nme Graveyards of Scotland Fatal Glen Nevis

Quite a few deaths were caused by drowning

There was Alan Haydon, an English Gunner, died by accidental drowning November 28, 1941. He was not the only one who drowned that day. With him died Private Patrick McCarthy, Fusilier James Scullion, and Corporal Frederick Turne. All four lost their life in Loch Linne. What happened? Their story was never told.

The Dark MIle ©nme Graveyards of Scotland Fatal Glen Nevis
The Commando Dark Mile

Lieutenant George Arthur Woolam, died in June 1945, three months before the end of World War II. His cause of death was also an accident while serving at the Commando Basic Training Center. The records state he fractured his skull at the North British Aluminium Company’s Works in Kinlochleven, south of Glen Nevis.

Walking among the graves of Glen Nevis cemetery is like walking through the history of this area. These stones tell many tales, most of them sad, some even tragic. They keep the memory alive.


Glen Nevis cemetery ©nme Graveyards of Scotland Fatal Glen Nevis

more information on http://www.commandoveterans.org/FortWilliam-GlenNevis

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Scotland is a country full of history, stories and secrets. Often, the three cannot be separated. That is what makes this country so wonderful and unique. The stories of this book have been discovered and gathered for Erkenbach’s blog, Graveyards of Scotland, over many years. 

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