Captain Daniel Stewart

Biography of Captain Daniel Stewart

Daniel Stewart was born on 13th July 1884 in Cambuslang, second son of Daniel Stewart, a builder whose business was in Cambuslang. They lived at ‘Gladdenhill’ Cadzow Drive, Cambuslang.

Daniel attended the High School of Glasgow, and then was accepted by the University to study medicine. He must have been an extremely able student, because he was only just passed his 16th birthday when he began his first term.

During his degree course, he received a first class certificate in Practical Physiology, in 1902, and just missed out on the medal in Operative Surgery in his final year. He graduated with his MB on 18th July 1905. On 29th July 1905, he registered on a Diploma in Public Health (DPH) course at Cambridge, and he passed the relevant examinations in April and October 1908, allowing him to be awarded the Diploma. He then returned to Glasgow to work in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

His fiancé Nana Reid Donoghue graduated at Glasgow as Licentiate in Dental Surgery on 7th April 1914 and was appointed School Dental Surgeon, by Huddersfield Education Authority in May 1914. The appointment, and the salary of £250 per annum, was noteworthy enough to be reported widely, not just in the Northern English Press, but by the Dundee Courier, and the ‘Northern Whig’ in County Antrim.

Daniel and Nana married on the 8th May 1915 at St. James's Presbyterian Church in Huddersfield. Her father, who was also Daniel, was a Customs and Excise officer in Glasgow. Nana and Daniel moved to Chapel Hill House, Huddersfield, where Nana had a dental practice.

Daniel was gazetted Lieutenant on 15th June 1915, so it is likely that his military service had an effect on the wedding date, as it did with many others at this time. By 1918 he was a Captain in the RAMC and based in an eastern theatre of war.

Daniel was at Suvla Bay during the Gallipoli. He was one of the last two medical officers to be evacuated. He was invalided home, but his condition worsened on the voyage from Egypt. He had been greatly disturbed by what he had seen in the War. He took his own life on the 11th November 1918, after a previous suicide attempt. He is buried at Edgerton Cemetery, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. It is not classed as a war grave. He was 35.

His parents lost two sons in quick succession, as his younger brother John, a signaller in the Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action in France on 25th June 1918, aged 31.

Daniel Stewart is honoured by the High School of Glasgow in their Roll of Honour, and on their War Memorial, which has been moved from the original site in Elmbank Street to the current School premises at Anniesland in Glasgow. His name also appears on the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Memorial, and in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.


Captain Daniel Stewart
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MD
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died 1918
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A


Colin Young, Daniel Stewart's 2nd cousin, twice removed.

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