Stewart, Andrew Robert (No. 7012091)

Stewart, Andrew Robert (Andrew)

Lance Sergeant

No. 7012091, 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Died of wounds on Monday 19 June 1944 (aged 30)

Buried:

Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France (Grave 1. U. 9)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church)

BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Robert Stewart was born on 28 May 1914 and he was the youngest son of Robert and Mary Jane Stewart (nee Rebby, sometimes Rabey) who lived in the townland of Grangee, Carrowdore.  Robert Stewart worked as a labourer and he and Mary Jane Rebby were married on 9 July 1908 in Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church).  Robert Stewart from Carrowdore was a son of James Stewart, a labourer.  Mary Jane Rebby from Carrowdore was a daughter of Thomas Rebby, a labourer.

Robert and Mary Jane Stewart (nee Rebby) had six children:

William Rusk (born 1 August 1908 in Carrowdore)

Sarah Annie (born 29 August 1909 in Grangee; married William Wilson)

Thomas (born 11 February 1911 in Carrowdore)

James (born 25 May 1913 in Grangee)

Andrew Robert (born 28 May 1914 in Carrowdore)

Violet Maureen (born 25 April 1917 in Grangee)

During the Second World War Andrew Robert Stewart served with the Royal Ulster Rifles and in the 8 July edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported that he had died of wounds on 19 June 1944.  The news came to his parents by means of a telegram from the War Office.  The newspaper report stated that Andrew Stewart had been with the Rifles for twelve years and had seen service in Hong Kong, Egypt, and India.  While he was in Hong Kong, he obtained a second-class Army Certificate of Education in English, Army and Empire, Map Reading, and Mathematics.  As a result of his foreign service, he wore the North-West Frontier ribbon.  Two of his brothers, William, and Thomas, also served with the Royal Ulster Rifles during the Second World War.  Thomas was held as a Prisoner-of-War in Germany for more than four years.  One of his sisters worked as a manageress in the firm of Messrs A.K. Beattie and Son (Shirt Manufacturers), Queen Street, Newtownards.

Lance Sergeant Andrew Robert Stewart (No. 7012091) was 30 when he died, and he is commemorated in Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church).

In the years after his death, his family placed Our Heroes – In Memoriam notices in the Newtownards Chronicle and these included the verses:

A foreign grave is a painful thing,

Where loving hands no flowers can bring.

May God in His mercy, tenderly care

For the soul of our loved one sleeping there.

 

You did not know that death was near,

You said goodbye to none,

You left this world without a tear,

Your duty nobly done.

 

We cannot forget him, no, not for a day,

We speak of him often, although passed away;

The shock was severe, no doubt hard to bear,

But Jesus has promised we’ll meet him up there.

 

No length of time, no lapse of years,

Can dim a loved one’s past;

For treasured memories hold him dear,

And will while memories last.

 

Sleep in peace, O dearest brother,

Though we still thy loss deplore;

Fleeting time will re-unite us,

Though art only gone before.