STEWART was born 22 Dec 1882 in Fairlie, to parents John, a shepherd, and Agnes McCormack. He was
christened in Fairlie Free Church on 11 Feb 1883.
the 1891 Census, William, aged 7, is living Fairlie Ward with parents John (51, b. Sanquhar, shepherd) and Agnes (44, b. Cumnock), with siblings Norman (15, b. Fairlie, shepherd), Robert (13), Anderina (10) and Robina (4)
the 1901 Census, aged 18 and a ship joiner, he is living Fairlie Ward with
parents John (60, shepherd)
and Agnes (58, b. New Cumnock)
and siblings Robina (11) and Polly (9)
SERVICE DETAILS No medal index card was found, but his regiment is
given on the plaque as ‘R.E.’ (Royal Engineers?). Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News
Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (Stewart, Pte. Wm., late Fairlie Ward, Royal Engineers). The Largs &
Millport Weekly News reported on 17 Jun 1916 that he’d written a letter of
thanks to the Fairlie Cigarette Fund.
Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
1916 Fairlie Cigarette And
Tobacco Fund: Letters of thanks have been
received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A.
Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh
Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan
McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a
postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.