Stewart, John (No. 622464)

Stewart, John


No. 622464, 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Killed in action on Friday 15 September 1916 (aged 35)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Vimy Memorial, France

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Carrowdore Presbyterian Church

Brother of Corporal Niven Boyd Stewart


John Stewart was born on 16 December 1880 in Carrowdore and he was a son of James McGimpsey Stewart and Ann Jane Stewart (nee McKeag) who were married on 24 March 1865 in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.

The Stewart family lived in Carrowdore.

James Stewart worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Ann Jane had at least ten children:

Robert (born 1 April 1867 in Carrowdore)

Margaret Jane (born 31 July 1870 in Carrowdore)

Martha (born 8 December 1872 in Carrowdore)

Anna Mary (born 3 December 1873 in Carrowdore)

James (born 8 November 1876 in Carrowdore)

John (born 16 December 1880 in Carrowdore)

Sarah Hamilton (born 17 July 1882 in Carrowdore)

Jane Hannah (born 5 May 1884 in Grangee)

William Johnston (born 17 January 1887 in Carrowdore)

Niven Boyd (born 4 January 1891 in Carrowdore)

Several of these children, including John and Niven, were baptised in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.

John was the first of the two brothers to die.

John Stewart worked as an agricultural labourer before he moved to Canada.  He enlisted in Winnipeg on 19 May 1915 and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 9½ inches tall with a medium complexion, blue eyes and fair hair and that he was a farmer.

John Stewart cited as his next-of-kin his wife Jane who was living in Carrowdore.

Private John Stewart served with the 27th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) and he sailed from Halifax on 28 October 1915 aboard the SS Lapland.  He went from England to France on 15 April 1916.  Initially posted as missing in action on 15 September 1916, it was on 13 April 1917 that Private John Stewart was officially presumed to have been killed in action on or since 15 September 1916.

Private John Stewart is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France; on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM); in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance (Page 168) and in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.