Duncan Cenotaph

As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about Lieutenant Douglas Bute Stewart, who died 29 March 1945, aged 26, in Germany while serving with the 1st Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment.

He is buried in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Here is the local Cowichan Leader news report of his death:

“Cowichan Casualties Overseas


Lt. Douglas Bute Stewart, who married Sgt. Maire Frances Elizabeth MacDowell, C.W.A.C., Crofton, last May, has been killed in action while serving in Germany, according to news received by his wife on Tuesday. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Stewart, Victoria.

His baby daughter, Elizabeth Anne, whom he had not seen, was born on January 30 [1945] and on Sunday was christened at Crofton. It is understood that Lt. Stewart had just rejoined his regiment. He is a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Pope, Mesachie Lake.

Since her discharge from the C.W.A.C. last year, his wife has been living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.H.L. MacDowell, Crofton. Much sympathy is felt for her and her infant daughter in their great sorrow.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 5 April 1945. From Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

Here are links to more information about Lieutenant Douglas Bute Stewart:

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