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William Stewart

William Stewart was born on 6 February 1924 and attended the School between September 1937 and 1940.

William later joined the Royal Navy and served as an Ordinary Coder on board the Dutch Navy destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers.

At 06:15 on 13th November 1942, the Destroyer was hit on the starboard side by 2 torpedoes from a U-Boat. One torpedo struck an oil tank, sending burning oil over the ship & the sea. The 2nd hit the longroom & officers’ quarters, killing all 13 officers sleeping there. The Isaac Sweers had a crew of 194 Officers and men, 86 survived and 108 were lost, including William Stewart, aged 18.

William is listed on The Chatham Naval Memorial which commemorates those of the Royal Navy who have no known grave. Most were lost at sea.

His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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