Signalman James Baird Stewart

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

25 Feb 1898

Date of Death

29 Mar 1917


Diamond Foundry


Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

25 John Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Drowned in North Sea collision
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Body not recovered
United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 5th April 1917
Signaller James Baird Stewart


Signalman James Baird Stewart RN, J/29093, was drowned in a collision in the North Sea in which the minesweeper HMS Q20 sank. The body of the 19-year-old was never recovered.

Mother Mrs Jessie Stewart, of 25 John Street, Luton, was officially told of his death on the following Monday. The family had moved to Luton from Scotland some years earlier, and James had served in the Navy for three years. Prior to enlistment he had worked at the Diamond Foundry in Dallow Road, Luton.

His father, Pte James Stewart, had been serving for nine months in France with the Royal Sussex Regiment, having been transferred from the Bedfords.

James's brother, L-Cpl Peter Stewart, was serving with the Royal Fusiliers in France, having previously been through the Gallipoli campaign with the 5th Bedfords.


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Signaller James Baird Stewart

Author: Deejaya

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