Captain John Ebenezer Stewart

Biography of Captain John Ebenezer Stewart

John Ebenezer Stewart was born on the 1st October 1888. He was the only son of Isabella Shaw Stewart and William A. Stewart, a slater and plasterer, and the family lived in Kildonan Street, Coatbridge.

In 1907, John applied to the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde, for a three-year course of teacher training offered in conjunction with the University of Glasgow. Students on this course were required to matriculate concurrently at the University, taking some of their classes there and others at the College. Those who completed successfully gained the Teacher’s General Certificate, entitling them to teach in primary schools, as well as a University degree.

John’s University classes included Latin, Logic, Education, Mathematics, English and History, and he graduated with an MA on the 10th June 1910. After finishing his professional training at the College, he was recognised as a Certificated Teacher from the 1st August 1910, with additional qualifications to teach Singing, Physical Exercises and Woodwork in primary schools. He was appointed to a teaching post at Langloan Public School in Coatbridge on the 15th August 1910. He also wrote two books entitled “The Iron Burgh” and “Grapes and Thorns” and was a contributor to several leading periodicals. One poem he wrote goes as follows:

If I should fall upon the field And lie among the slain, Then mine will be the victory And yours the pain; For this in prospect comforts me Against all saddening fears That, dying so, I make myself Worthy your tears.

In November 1914, John enlisted, serving initially with the Highland Light Infantry and subsequently with the South Staffordshire Regiment. In 1915 he was sent to France and fought at both Flanders and the Somme. In 1917 he was awarded the Military Cross. Captain John Ebenezer Stewart was killed in action on the 26th April 1918, aged 29. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers, and on the Glasgow Provincial Training College War Memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus.


Captain John Ebenezer Stewart
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 8th Border Regiment - Stafford Regiment
Degree: MA
Awards: Military Cross
Comments: Killed in action 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/892, 1230, 1236
Photo ID: N/A


DC183/11/42, General Council Register, 1915, p.190

R4/1/5/, MA Graduate Schedule, 1909 & 1910

R8/5/28/7, Matriculation Record, “R-S”, 1907-1908

CH4/4/2/3/892, University of Glasgow Roll of Honour card, 11 Nov 1919

CH4/4/2/3/1230, Press clipping

CH4/4/2/3/1236, Press clipping

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, external source, (CWGC)

Ken Morrison, Scottish War Memorials Project, external source, project webpage

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing additional information from the University of Strathclyde Registry Records.

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