Lieutenant Commander Francis Gordon Stewart-Plaque

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Reference WMO/274138

Address:

New Abbey Parish Church

New Abbey

DG2 8BY

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Rectangular metal plaque set on a wooden mount. The lettering is in black.Francis Gordon Stewart was born on 14 August 1886 at Shambellie House, New Abbey. (Now the home of the Museums of Scotland's National Museum of Costume) He joined the Royal Navy's Training Ship Britannia 15 September 1901 aged 13, and after two years was posted to HMS Empress of India as a Midshipman. Promoted in March 1906 to Sub-Lieutenant he served on HMS Hampshire's first cruise in July 1907. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1908 and in January 1913 joined HMS Gloucester in the Mediterranean. At the outbreak of war the Gloucester was involved in the pursuit of the German Cruisers Goeben and Bresslau as they made for Constantinople. Posted to HMS Hampshire in February 1916 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander a month later. Immediately after the Battle of Jutland, on 31 May 1916, the Hampshire was ordered to Scapa Flow to take onboard a military mission bound for Russia and led by Lord Kitchener. On the evening of 5 June 1916 the Hampshire set off for Arkhangesk in a gale and, off the Mainland of Orkney between Brough of Birsay and Marwick Head, she struck a mine and sank. Only 12 men survived. Lt. Commander Stewart's body was later recovered from the sea and he is buried in the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery on Orkney.
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IN MEMORY OF/ LIEUTENANT COMMANDER/ FRANCIS GORDON STEWART/ ROYAL NAVY/ WHO WAS DROWNED OFF THE ORKNEY ISLANDS/ IN/ H.M.S.HAMPSHIRE/ 5th JUNE 1916/ ERECTED BY SOME OF HIS OLD SHIPMATES IN H.M.S.GLOUCESTER

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