Lieutenant John Houghton Stewart

2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died: 15 March 1915

Age: 19

John Houghton Stewart, born 19th November, 1895, was the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel GP Stewart, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and grandson of Colonel Sir James Godfray, QADC, and of Sir John M Stewart, Bart., County Tyrone. He entered College in September 1905, and in 1908 went on to Bradfield, passing from the ArmyHouse into Sandhurst in July 1913.

In August 1914, he was gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and after serving with the 3rd Reserve Battalion in Ireland for two months joined the 2nd Battalion in France in October, and was promoted Lieutenant in the following April.

He was wounded in March 1915, and two months later, on 15th – 16th May, was killed in a night attack at Richebourg l’Avoué, Festubert.

He was a good all-round sportsman and a first-class rifle and revolver shot. He was one of the Bradfield College team that fired for the Ashburton Shield at Bisley in 1913, and in the revolver team that fired for the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, beating the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1914.

The above text appeared in the Victoria College Book of Remembrance published in 1920.

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