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    Posted: 16 May 2013 at 12:12
The following information is posted with the permission of Private Stewart's great nephew, there may be further additions in the near future.
Note: Information shown with an astersisk (*) and italicised is information over and above what is shown on the AWM and CWGC sites.

STEWART, William Private 444 “B” Coy 23rd Bn Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Born: Co. Kildare Enlisted: Melbourne, VIC (24/2/15).

*Age: 34 Date of Death: 03/09/1915 Cause: Died of internal injuries at sea (H.S. “Neuralia”).

*Family notes: Son of Richard and Frances Stewart, Hortlands, Donadee, Kilcock, Co Kildare.

Religion: Church of Ireland. Trade/profession: Fruit grower (Enlistment documents).

Education: Educated at Donadee National School.

Other Notes: In January 1916 Private Stewart’s father wrote to the Australian Military Authorities in relation to his son’s financial arrangements, in that letter he stated that he had been informed that his son had died as a result of “trench operations”. Private Stewart’s Casualty Form (Army Form B 103) states that he was buried at sea, North of Lemnos by W. Cash.

Will notes: Private Stewart in his will (dated 1/9/15) bequeathed all his personal effects to his sister, named as “Florence C. Stewart, Hortlands, Kilcock, Co. Kildare.”

Census notes: The 1911 Census shows Private Stewart’s parents, Richard (Farmer, aged 66) and Frances (aged 54) residing at, Hortlands, Donadee, Co. Kildare, also present were their children, George Dillon (aged 19), Albert Thomas (aged 16), Harold Stanley (aged 14), Florence Caroline (aged 12), Roberts Cecil (aged 10) and Herbert Sydney (aged 8); his parents stated that during their marriage they had twelve children, all of whom were alive at the time of the Census. The 1901 Census shows the family (residing at Hortlands, Donadee, Co. Kildare) as follows; Richard (aged 56), Frances (aged 43), Fredrick (aged 20), Richard J. (aged 17), Helena M. (aged 13), Frances D. (aged 10), George D. (aged 9), Albert T. (aged 6), Harold S. (aged 4), Florence C. (aged 2) and Roberts C. (aged 3 months).

Embarkation Details: Unit: 23 Inf. Bn. Ship name: HMAT Euripides Ship no: A14 Date: 10/5/1915 Place: Melbourne

Special notes: The IWM Records list the following soldier “Stewart William Private, Australian Imperial Force, died of wounds received in action, Dardanelles, 1915; aged 33.” It is believed that this entry refers to Private Stewart.

Grave/Memorial: 66. Lone Pine Memorial.

Other Memorials: Private Stewart’s name is located at panel 100 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.

IWM Records Page No: Volume VI, Page 76.

Edited by Mal Murray - 16 May 2013 at 12:14
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