Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Glasgow
- Service no: 9109
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 38
- Date of Death: 27.10.1914
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 38
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Occupation: Hairdresser
Jessie Stewart, 16 Nelson St, Dundee
Margaret Bernard (partner) 21 Toryglen St, Glasgow
Hugh, born 22.12.1911 & Jessie, born 26.10.1913
More about Hugh Stewart
Hugh has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.
Hugh Stewart 9109 Highland Light Infantry
DUNDEE H.L.I. MAN KILLED IN ACTION.
VIVID DESCRIPTION OF LIFE IN THE TRENCHES.
Private Hugh Stewart, of the 2d Highland Light Infantry, son of the late Mr Hugh Stewart, hairdresser, Ann Street, Dundee, has died on the field of battle.
The sad news was yesterday conveyed to his wife, who is at present residing with his mother at 16 Nelson Street, Dundee. The notification stated that Private Stewart was killed in action on 21st October.
Private Stewart was formerly employed with John Boyd, hairdresser, 10 Thorter Row, but a year or two ago he married and took up residence in Glasgow, where he had a business of his own in Maxwell Street.
In the Trenches.
Three days before his death Private Stewart wrote home stating that he was quite well. He says :–“I had a very narrow escape a few days ago. One of the German bullets snipped out a piece of my jacket over the right breast. If it had been a inch farther forward it would have been right through me. On the day before I just missed another by about a foot. It was getting hot, I can tell you. We put in a terrible time in our last trenches. There were not many killed or wounded, but the bullets and shells were always falling. We had to keep well down under cover. We are driving the Germans back, and the Russians are coming on the other side of the frontier. This war may last a long time, and it may stop soon.”
Private Stewart is survived by a widow and two young children.
Dundee Courier 7th November 1914
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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