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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Stewart, Eric Hilton

Corporal Eric Hilton Stewart
was born in Belfast on 15th July 1895.

He was the son of Harry Hilton Stewart and Anna Mary Maude Stewart of Chattenden, Chichester Park, Belfast.  The family were of  of Church of Ireland faith.  Harry's job was recorded as Bank Inspector.  He worked for the Northern Bank.

In 1911 the parents are living in house 20, Salisbury Avenue, Clifton Ward, Belfast with their family aged 10, 4 and 1.  Eric would have been aged 15 or 16 in 1911.   He was not present in the house on Census day and was recorded as residing in house 1.2, College Hill, Armagh.  This is probably Armagh Royal School. 

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Stewart signed the Ulster Covenant at Cliftonpark Church Lecture Hall giving his address as 5 Salisbury Villas, Chichester Park, Belfast.

Stewart joined Northern Bank on 5th October 1913 in Head Office.  Transfers to Shaftesbury Square (1913) and Head Office (1914) followed.

In September 1914, he volunteered and enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers (Public Schools and Universities Bn.) as a Private with Service Number FS5676.   He was promoted to Lance Corporal and then to Corporal.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force ultimately ending up at the Somme (1916).

Stewart was serving with the 20th Bn. Royal Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 16th July 1916 aged 21.

Stewart was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

The Belfast News Letter of 25th July 1916 reports:

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