Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

William Johnston Stewart


William Johnston Stewart was born in Glasgow in 1893, the son of paper maker Robert Stewart. In 1913 he enrolled at the University of Glasgow in the Faculty of Arts, aged 20. He studied Moral Philosophy and Latin. During his first year of study, William lived at home with his parents on Queens Park Avenue, Crosshill. He never proceeded any further in his studies at the University because he enlisted in the army and joined the 10th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and was later attached to the 9th Battalion. On the 6th of January 1916, William Johnston Stewart was made a temporary 2nd Lieutenant, on probation.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Tragically, he never had much of an opportunity to advance his army career much further. He was killed in France on the 1st of July, 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He was just 23 years old. William Johnston Stewart’s body was sadly never recovered, and thus he is commemorated along with just over 72,000 British and South African men at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Comments and Citations

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Matriculation Slip- R8/5/34/7, 1913-1914, Men, R – S