William Debnam McLaren Stewart

Location:
The Black Watch Museum,
Balhousie Castle
Perth,
Perthshire
PH1 5HR

 

Details on cross:

At the top of the cross shaft, indistinct may be the mark of a GRU plate

On the shaft within a painted scroll:

IN MEMORY OF

On the cross beam:

CAPTAIN W.D.MacL. STEWART.
2nd LIEUT. P.R. HUSBAND
& 44 NCOs & MEN of the 1st BTLN. THE BLACK WATCH
WHO FELL IN ACTION 25th SEPTEMBER.1916

On the shaft below the cross beam there are three stylised branches with leaves.

Text type: Painted lettering

Cross dimensions (due to access issues these dimensions are estimates)
Shaft Height: 750
Cross beam width: 500
Width of wood: 100
Thickness or depth: 25

Other information
Mounting to wall: Properly hung at rear
Detailing: Plain, weathered wood, rounded ends to the shaft and cross beam
Evidence of use in field (earth marking, cracking, staining, shrinkage):
Surface insertion depth (into ground if apparent):
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc):
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc):
Weathered, looks like it may have been shortened at one time.

Notes and observations:
The cross is part of the comprehensive collection of the Regimental Black Watch Museum, which includes many artefacts from the many actions that the regiment took part in. Apart from the cross, the museum also has Capt Stewart’s kilt from when he was killed, it still has Somme mud on it. SG

More information on him here at Salute Magazine. He is remembered on Thiepval Pier and Face 10A. From CWGC (Yr. of Ardvorlich). Son of the late Major William Stewart, of Ardvorlich, and Lily MacLaren Stewart. NS

Survey and photographs courtesy of Scott Galloway, additional photograph, Ben Makin.
Date of survey: 22/9/2016