Maxwell Graham STEWART

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STEWART, Maxwell Graham

Service Number: 341
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 13th Field Company Engineers
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Medindie, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College, Adelaide South Australia
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Died: Died at Sea , France, 31 July 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 341, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
22 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 341, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Third Ypres
22 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 341, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
31 Jul 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, 13th Field Company Engineers, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc

Lt. Stewart enlisted as a trooper at the beginning of the war and served several months on Gallipoli. In completion with an improvement to machine guns, he was sent to the War Office, England to explain its construction and use. He afterwards rejoined his regiment in Egypt, and was given a commission in the Machine Gun Corps and subsequently transferred to the Field Engineers. He was severely wounded in France on 10 June, 1917 and was sent to Australia on leave, but did not live to reach land. (Observer 16 February 1918 p39)

He sustained multiple wounds – Gun shot wounds to abdomen, thigh, elbow, hand, head and face. For the family it was a double loss as his brother George had already lost his life in France two years earlier.

A letter sent to Mr Graham Stewart, father. It was a great shock to us all to hear that your boy died about a day out from home. We were very anxious about him at first when he was wounded, but thought he was entirely out of danger some time ago. I wish to convey to you the sincere sympathy of the Engineers of all ranks of this division. We hoped that after a good rest we should see him back again with us, for he was a most gallant and capable officer, whose loss will be deeply felt. Perhaps you will send me a line, giving me what particulars you can. I fear he understood the journey before he was really fit for it. It must be some consolation for you to consider how well he had served his country. Believe me, with sincere sympathy. G.C.E. Elliott; Lieut. Col C.R.E. 4 th Australian Division

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