Brigadier General Charles Edward Stewart

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Burial ground behind Sweetheart Abbey

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. From the Great War Forum-The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918- On 14th September the Division sustained a considerable loss in the death of Brigadier-General C. E. Stewart, C.M.G., commanding the 154th Infantry Brigade. General Stewart and his intelligence officer were walking through Houplines when a chance shell burst within a few feet of them, killing them both. It was a case of the cruellest bad luck, as this was the only shell which fell in that vicinity during the day. General Stewart had commanded the 154th Brigade since its reconstitution as a Highland brigade. His troops were considerably attached to him, and his loss was much felt by them. THE PEOPLE'S JOURNAL: 23.09.1916-BLACK WATCH GENERAL FALLS- Brigadier-General Charles Edward Stewart, C.M.G., Black Watch, who is reported killed had 27 years' service, during which he remained uninterruptedly associated with the Royal Highlanders. As major he served throughout the South African War, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including the action at Magersfontein, was mentioned in Despatches and received the Queen's Medal with four Clasps and the King's Medal with two Clasps. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel at the outbreak of the present war. Last year the honour of C.M.G. was conferred upon him, and in January last he was raised to the temporary rank of Brigadier-General. He was 47 years of age. Born 1868 at Hampstead, London he married Katharine Maud MacKenzie in 1898 at Bradfield, Berkshire. Katharine was the daughter of Colin James MacKenzie of Portmore, Peeblesshire. She died in 1934 at Abbey House, New Abbey.
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