2nd Lieutenant George Gordon Stewart

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant George Gordon Stewart

George Stewart was seventeen and not yet old enough to join the army when he matriculated at Glasgow University in 1916 to begin his studies in the Science Faculty. He enrolled in Maths, Nat.Phil. and Chemistry. His matriculation form discloses that he intended to study Naval Architecture. He came from Hull, where he was born on the 22nd November, 1898 to George, a marine engineer and ship repairer, and his wife Mary. The family home was at 140 Westbourne Avenue, Hull. When George arrived in Glasgow to begin his student life he stayed at 20 Smith Street with Mrs.Kirkpatrick. In his short time at university he joined the O.T.C. before abandoning his studies for a commission in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding). By the time he celebrated his nineteenth birthday, in November 1917, second lieutenant Stewart had landed in France.

On the 10th April 1918 his battalion, the 1st/6th was at Steenwerk, in Belgium, caught up in the defence of the line against the German Spring Offensive. They were unable to stop the Germans capturing the village and on the following day, in a rearguard action in which the Allies were also unsuccessful in holding the village of Trois Arbres, George Gordon Stewart was killed in action. The nineteen year old is buried in the cemetery at Trois Arbres, his headstone recording the day of his death, 11th April 1918, and the inscription, ‘At rest there’s life alone in duty done and rest alone in striving’.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant George Gordon Stewart
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Duke Of Wellingtons Regiment
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action 10 April 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/552
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Glasgow University Registry Records (Matriculation R/8/5/37/3)

University of Glasgow ROH Ch 4/4/2/3/552

CWGC Debt of Honour

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