Stewart, Thomas James (No. 34156)

Stewart, Thomas James (Thomas)

Private

No. 34156, Corps of Military Police

Died of illness in service on Saturday 16 December 1944 (aged 54)

Buried:

Bangor Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 4. V. Grave 151 A) 

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas James Stewart was born on 13 July 1890 in Conlig and he was a son of Robert and Sarah Jane (Jane) Stewart (nee Craney, sometimes Creaney) who later lived at 29 Church Street, Bangor.  Robert Stewart was a minor when he and Jane Craney were married on 1 November 1889 in Willowfield Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Robert Stewart from Ballymacarratt was a son of James Stewart, a weaver.  Jane Craney from Kilmore, Holywood was a daughter of Thomas Craney, a railway porter.

Robert Stewart worked as a labourer, lamplighter, and railway porter, and he and Jane had ten children:

Thomas James (born 13 July 1890 in Conlig; baptised in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church)

Maria (born 24 January 1892 at 8 Douglas Street, Belfast)

Mary Elizabeth (born 12 November 1893 in Church Street, Bangor)

Robert Burns (born 17 October 1895 in Church Street, Bangor)

Charles Hiram (born 26 February 1898 in Church Street, Bangor)

Sarah Jane (born 25 June 1900 in Church Street, Bangor)

Albert Edward (born 25 May 1902 in Church Street, Bangor)

Donald (born 31 May 1904 in Church Street, Bangor)

Don Carlos (born 2 April 1908 in Church Street, Bangor)

Olive (born 24 April 1909 in Church Street, Bangor)

Thomas Stewart went to school in Conlig and, after leaving school, he joined the Royal Navy as a youth.  He served during the First World War and attained the rank of Stoker Petty Officer.

Thomas Stewart and Kathleen (Cassie) Mulholland from Conlig were married on 27 July 1918 in Conlig Presbyterian Church.  Kathleen Mulholland (aged 19½; she was born on 5 November 1898) from Conlig was a daughter of John Mulholland, a labourer.

After the war, Thomas Stewart worked for the Bangor Gas Undertaking.  Thomas and Cassie Stewart had four children:

Thomas Arthur Henry (born 29 January 1920 in Conlig)

James Warwick (born 22 February 1929)

Robert (born 16 December 1932)

Rose Ann (born 27 August 1934)

In December 1939 Thomas Stewart enlisted for service in the Second World War and he joined the Royal Ulster Rifles, subsequently transferring to the Corps of Military Police in England.  Private Thomas Stewart died of cancer on 16 December 1944 at Bangor Military Hospital (Bangor High School). His wife Kathleen (Cassie) lived at 44 Railwayview Street, Bangor. The officiating minister at his funeral was the Rev. R.W. Williams of Bangor Abbey.  Thomas Stewart was survived by his wife Cassie; his three sons Thomas Arthur, Warwick, and Robert; his daughter Ann; his mother Sarah Jane, and his brothers and sisters.  Cassie Stewart placed a Roll of Honour notice in the 15 December 1945 edition of the County Down Spectator and it contained the text:

Resting where no shadows fall

Private Thomas Stewart (No. 34156) was 54 when he died, and he is commemorated in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor:

AT REST

DEEPLY REGRETTED

BY HIS WIFE AND FAMILY

KATHLEEN

Kathleen (Cassie) Stewart died on 3 August 1975.