Dear forum members,
I am researching Duncan STEWART junior (1896-1925) [DSj], the younger brother of my husband’s maternal grandfather, David Hunter STEWART (1891-1971).

DSj was born in Perth, Scotland, to Duncan STEWART (1864-1949) & Christina nee HUNTER (1862-1920).

According to his obituary, DSj served with the 6th Black Watch:
‘DUNDEE DOCTOR’S TRAGIC DEATH.
Victim of Patients’ Disease in Hospital.

Genuine regret was caused in Perth by
the death of Dr Duncan Stewart, M.B.,
Ch.B., which occurred in the King’s Cross
Hospital at Dundee.

Dr Stewart was the youngest of three sons
Mr Duncan Stewart, secretary and
Treasurer of the Scottish Railway Servants’
Friendly Society, and had just entered the
threshold of a promising career.

One of a family of six – three sons and
three daughters – all of whom were endowed
with more than ordinary ability, Dr Stewart
was educated at Perth Academy, where he
showed much promise as a student. For
a time he was engaged in the office of his
father, and at the outbreak of war he joined
the 6th Black Watch, and served abroad with
the battalion.

On his return to civilian life, he began to
study for the medical profession, and was a
student for several years at University Col-
lege, Dundee. He assiduously attended to
his studies, and was associated with many
movements of the Collegiates. On the occa-
sion of the first students’ effort on behalf
of the County and City of Perth Royal In-
firmary he was one of the leading spirits.

After fitting himself for a career of use-
fullness and promise, Dr Stewart’s death is
a great blow to his relatives and friends.
He finished his University course little
over six months ago, and his first appoint-
ment was to King’s Cross Hospital, Dun-
dee. In that institution he was in attend-
ance on scarlet fever patients, and became
himself infected, septic poisoning superven-
ing. His death under such tragic and pain-
ful circumstances was quite unxpected.
Immediately the news of his passing was
received in Perth, the deceased’s father
proceeded to Dundee, and he and other
members of the family were in the city
yesterday.

Dr Stewart was 29 years of age. A man
of excellent character and nature, he had
a large circle of friends, both in his native
city and Dundee. One brother of the
deceased is in Australia, and the other in
Canada.

Deceased only contracted the disease a
few days ago, and as recently as a week
last Saturday was in attendance at a
friend’s wedding in Perth.’
[‘Dundee Doctor’s Tragic Death. Victim of Patients’ Disease’, Dundee Courier, 17 June 1925, p. 5. British Library Newspapers, http://tinyurl.galegroup/tinyurl/6Nba.P1.]

I understand that 6th Black Watch is more correctly known as the Royal Highlanders, 1/6th Perthshire Battalion. As DSj was born and educated in Perth, worked in his father’s office, 14a York Place, Perth, before his enlistment, I assume that his obituary correctly states he was with the 6th Black Watch.

On the two 1920 voter lists for Perth, DSj is listed, along with his father and three brothers:
‘Register of Electors, Third Ward C.B., Burgh of Perth, Perth Parish, York Place, 14
• Stewart, Duncan.
• P [entitled to vote in Parliamentary Election only] Stewart, John
• P Stewart, David H.
• P Stewart, Duncan. jun[ior].
[Perth and Kinross, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1832-1961’, Ancestry. Accessed 20 April 2018]

DSj is not listed with his brothers on the Perth, Perth and Kinross, Absent Voter List for 1920:
• Stewart, David Hunter; 14 York Place, 2nd Lieut. RFA
• Stewart, John; 14 York Place, 2nd Lieut. 57th Div. Sig. Co. RE [Ancestry]

I have no idea of DSj’s rank. As his older brother, David Hunter STEWART, enlisted in September 1914, as a private (regimental number 623) in the Scottish Horse, 1/3rd Regiment, ‘J’ Squad, I wonder whether Duncan also enlisted as a private. He would have been 18 years old in August 1918 [in the 1901 Scottish census his age was 5 years].

Is there an obituary for DSj in ‘The Red Hackle’?

On Ancestry there is the following entry:
‘THE BLACK WATCH
ROLL OF INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and/or British War Medal ...
Regimental number: 266102
STEWART, Duncan
1/6 RH. P[riva]te. 3338’
Ancestry, ‘UK, WW1 Service Medals and Award Rolls, 1914-1920’, WO329.

Does either of the regimental numbers give an idea of when this soldier enlisted?

Given the problems of basing research on a newspaper obituary, have I found the best match for DSj?

Any suggestions for further research?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Jo