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William John Stewart was born at Laighpark in Paisley on 24th February 1893 to Margaret Ann (née Craig) and Hawthorn Stewart, a registered chemist. Stewart attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1912 to 1914 as an evening student of drawing and painting. He was granted the Haldane Evening Bursary each year. During that time Stewart's occupation was noted as draughtsman. At the beginning of session in 1914-15, Stewart resigned from The Glasgow School of Art and joined the army.
During the First World War, Stewart served as a Private in the 9th Glasgow Highland Battalion (Territorial) in the Highland Light Infantry regiment. He was killed in action in France or Flanders on 25th September 1917, and his regiment number was #333103. William John Stewart is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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