Samuel John STEWART

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STEWART, Samuel John

Service Number: 1927
Enlisted: 25 August 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
Last Unit: Army Ordnance Corps AIF
Born: Gympie, Queensland, July 1896
Home Town: Gympie, Queensland
Schooling: One Mile State School
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in Action - shell blast, near Amiens, France, 2 May 1918
Cemetery: Camon Communal Cemetery
Grave 7 Headstone Inscription "HIS, THE NOBLE SACRIFICE OURS, THE SACRED LOSS"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gympie & Widgee War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1927, Brisbane, Queensland
3 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1927, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1927, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
4 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, Army Ordnance Corps AIF
2 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 1927, Army Ordnance Corps AIF, Merris (France)

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Charles and Elizabeth STEWART, of Gympie, Queensland.

Details of Death
On the 2nd May 1918 he and five others were sleeping in a schoolroom six miles behind the lines; when a long distance enemy shell penetrated their billet and killed them all. They were buried in a beautiful old French cemetery which is, and always will be, a recognised French civilian cemetery, at Camon, in the Somme Valley, about three miles east of the Amiens Cathedral.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Fran├žois Berthout, Australia and NZ in WWI


Today, it is with deep respect and with deep gratitude that I wish to pay a very respectful tribute to the Warrant Officer number 1927 Samuel John Stewart who fought in the Australian Army Ordnance Corps and who was killed in action 102 years ago,on May 2, 1918 at the age of 21

Samuel John Stewart was born in 1896 in Gympie, Queensland and was the son of Charles and Elizabeth Stewart and lived in Red Hill, Gympie, Queensland. Samuel was educated at One Mile State School, Queensland then at Technical College and ICS.Before the war he worked as a bank clerk and served in the Cadets and Light Horse

Enlisted on August 25, 1915 in the 5th Light Horse Regiment at the age of 19, he embarked with his unit from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on January 3, 1916.Disembarked on February 19, 1916 in Alexandria, Egypt, he received his training in Maadi, Egypt and was transferred to the 13th Brigade of the Australian Army Ordnance Corps on March 4, 1916 in Telelkebir, Egypt and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on March 18 1916 and embarked with his unit from Alexandria for France on June 5, 1916 where he disembarked on June 12, 1916 in Marseilles, France before joining his unit on the Somme front

Samuel Served with great bravery and courage in the Somme but unfortunately, On the 2nd May 1918 he and five of his comrades were sleeping in a schoolroom six miles behind the lines near Amiens when a long distance enemy shell penetrated their billet and killed them all.

Today, Samuel John Stewart and his five comrades rest in peace together at the communal cemetery of Camon, Somme.

Thank you Samuel, you who fought bravely, you did your duty nobly and with the greatest courage, today, you and your comrades are united in the peace and the silence of the Somme who will never forget your sacrifice, today your bravery inspires us all to create a better world and to protect the peace for which you and your friends gave your life, for a better world, for freedom, for a united world. we will never forget all that you have done for us. Today, the doves fly in the sky, carrying this message of peace "people of the world, let us remain strong and united in the peace for which so many men and women have fallen" .At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember him, we will remember them.­čî║

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