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Transcript of The Bugle, 24 September 1896, p.1302

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"The Late Colour Sergeant Stuart

A painful shock was received last week by the news of the sudden death of Colour Sergeant Stuart at Deolali. The deceased proceeded to Deolali some six months ago to take up the important duties of Sergeant Major at the Musketry School. He had been out of health for some time past, but was about his duties up to the day of his death on Friday last. The immediate cause of death was "Agina Pectoris".

The late Colour Sergeant Stuart joined the service in December 1878, so had close on eighteen years service. He enlisted in the 1st Highland Light Infantry (71st) and after spending two years in that Corps, was transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders where he remained until transferred to the 1st Class Army Reserve early in 1885. On the mobilization of the Reserve during 1885 Sergeant Stewart with many others rejoined the Colours, and was drafted to Newcastle-on-Tyne. He joined our Battalion in Cairo at the end of 1885, along with Sergeants Ramsay, Sharrett and Palmer all fine smart-looking N.C. Officers. Sergt. Stuart was fond of horses, and volunteered to serve with the Durham L.I. Mounted Infantry Section, with Lieutenant (now Captain) De Lisle and others. He afterwards rejoined, and took over the Colours of E Company, proceeded Home in 1891 as Sergeant Instructor of Volunteers, and on again rejoining in 1894 took over the Colours of G. Captain Payne's Company,

Colour-Sergeant Stuart had the Egyptian Medal and Star for the 1885 campaign, also the Distinguished Conduct Medal for repeated gallant conduct in the field whilst with the Mounted Infantry. His various services in Egypt were detailed in the "Bugle" last year. He leaves behind him a widow and four children, and the sympathies of all ranks go out to Mrs. Stuart in the terrible loss which she has sustained.

The deceased N.C. Officer was much liked in the Battalion, and in his old company, G., more especially, whilst among the sergeants his loss is keenly felt..."