Dr. Daniel Stewart (1884-1918)
Daniel Stewart was born on 13 July 1884 at Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of builder Daniel Stewart and his wife Marion.
He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, where he met his fiancée Annie "Nana" Reid Donoghue who graduated as a dental surgeon. In May 1914, she was appointed School Dental Surgeon by Huddersfield Education Authority.
They married on 8 May 1915 at St. James' Presbyterian Church, Huddersfield.
First World War
Daniel served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and saw action at Sulva Bay in the Gallipoli campaign, where he was reportedly "one of the last two medical men to leave" when the peninsula was evacuated in December 1915. His wife later stated that Daniel "was not a surgeon" and that he "had grieved very much about when he had seen" during the War.
His brother John Stewart was killed on 25 June 1918 at Nieppe Wood, Thiennes, France.
Daniel had returned to Huddersfield by 1918 and suffered from depression. After a failed attempt to commit suicide using chloral hydrate a few days earlier, he took his own life in the early hours of 11 November 1918 by connecting a dental rubber hose to the domestic gas supply. The Armistice was declared a few hours after his body was found by Annie. At the time of his death, the couple were living at Chapel Hill House.
The inquest into his death took place on 13 November. Annie's brother Arthur James Donoghue stated that they had intended to take Daniel on a cruise. A verdict of "death due to gas poisoning" was returned with a note that "it was very probable he had been troubled by his experiences at Gallipoli".
Annie Reid Stewart moved away from Huddersfield and remarried in 1919. She died in Bombay, India, on 3 February 1939.
Notes and References
- Biographical details courtesy of Colin Young.
- "Huddersfield Education Committee" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (14/May/1914).
- Wikipedia: Landing at Suvla Bay.
- Gunner John Stewart: Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #69226).
- According to his First World War medal card, they also had links to 5 York Place and to 14 Oakes Road, Lindley.
- "Doctor's Suicide" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (13/Nov/1918).