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David Thomson
Lossiemouth Mission Man Honoured by the Queen

The fishermen of Lossiemouth have enjoyed the services of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen for many years, but mainly during the last six decades when several local men joined the RNMDSF. They served in fishing ports around the country. Lossiemouth may have supplied more full time officers for the mission than any other port in the country.

Henry Murray Campbell

In the recent Queen’s New Years Honours list a Lossiemouth man was awarded an OBE. This is a tremendous honour for the officer, for the Mission, and for the town and fisherfolk of Lossie. The recipient of the medal was Henry Murray Campbell, who has just retired after many years as superintendant with the Mission. All who know Murray and are acquaint with his service and dedication, agree that the honour was well deserved. Over the last decade, senior officer Murray was responsible for the mission stations and their services throughout the north of Scotland.

The Fishermen’s Mission provides emergency support along with practical and emotional care for fishermen and fishing families throughout Britain. The great Dr Wilfred Grenfell of Labrador fame, began his work for fishermen on the mission ships operated by the RNMDSF in the North Sea. Murray Campbell’s OBE was given “for services to the welfare of fishermen”.

He recently conducted newly appointed Chairperson of the Mission on a tour of the institutes around the coast. The new Head of the mission is Mrs Jill Henderson, a woman of remarkable ability who has been active in fishing industry and port development from her home in Scrabster by Thurso. She will visit Lossiemouth shortly as part of her new responsibilities.

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