2nd Lieutenant Andrew Stewart

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart was born on the 27th July 1886 in Carluke, Lanarkshire. He was the fifth son of Mr and Mrs William Stewart. His father was a Joiner and the family lived in Union Street, Carluke. Andrew first matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1905, aged 19, to study for an MA degree.

He lived away from home and had a few landladies in his early student days - Mrs Kennedy in Houldsworth Street and Mrs Ogilvie in Gibson Street - before going home to Carluke. His record shows that he was more a persistent than a gifted student. The problem seemed to be Latin, a subject which had caused him a few difficulties even in the preliminary exams.

Although he passed his exams in Mathematics in his first year at University, Logic and History in his second, Philosophy in third year, English and Political Economy in his final year, Latin seemed elusive. He passed just a month before graduating on 10th November 1909. No doubt glad to have conquered it, he went on to the Ministry.

Andrew trained in the United Free Church and became an assistant in the West United Free Church at Hamilton. Later he was inducted to be Minister of the Isle of Whithorn Church in Wigtownshire. When war began, he could have avoided active service but chose not to. In 1915 he signed up as a Private in the Royal Naval Division.

A year later he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and was attached to the 10th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for gallantry in the field. On the 20th September 1917, the Reverend Andrew Stewart was killed in action at the third Ypres. He is commemorated at Larchwood (Railway Cutting) cemetery, which was enlarged after the Armistice to receive graves brought from Ypres and elsewhere.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Andrew Stewart
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 10th Bn.Northumberland Fusiliers
Degree: MA
Awards: Military Cross
Comments: Killed in action, 20 September 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1224
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/276

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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