Stewart, James Alexander Logan


He was the elder son of James Logan Stewart (I 1880) of Alltyrodyn, Cardiganshire and of the Hon. Evelyn Stewart, daughter of Lieutenant General the Hon. Sir James Charlemagne Dormer, KCB. He was born in Bombay and came to Winchester from Horris Hill, playing in Lords in 1911 and going to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1912.

He gained his commission in the reserve battalion of the Rifle Brigade in 1913; was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1914 and sent to join the 1st Battalion at Ploegsteert Wood in December that year.  Mousetrap Farm (also known as Shell-Trap Farm) at Wieltje was a cottage on Bellewaarde Ridge. On 13th May Stewart was in command of an isolated outpost near this farm, when in the early hours of the morning, his position came under heavy shell fire. When the position was later re-occupied by the East Lancashire Regiment there was no trace of 2nd Lieutenant Stewart or of the two platoons under his command. The Germans later informed the British authorities that he had been killed. It must be presumed that he was buried by the enemy. All the other men under his command were either killed or captured.

He is listed on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website as being buried in the Poelcapelle British Cemetery.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Stewart
  • Forenames or initials: James Alexander Logan
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 7th March 1893
  • Date of Death: 13th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, BELGIUM: Grave LIV.A.4