Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
William John Steward was the son of Josiah William and Sarah Alice. The family lived in the Chemist’s shop that they ran at 42 High Street, Bridgnorth. William followed in his father’s footsteps; by 1911 he was working as an assistant chemist in Coventry. Later, he may have taken a position in London – where he enlisted in the newly formed 22nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers.
William landed in France with the 22nd in November 1915, during the relatively quiet period between The Battle of Loos and The Somme. He was killed in action on 14th July, 1916: a fortnight into the Battle of the Somme and while his battalion was preparing for the Battle of Delville Wood. He is buried in Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez.
Serg Steward was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 15 Star. His death was announced in the Bridgnorth Journal of 22nd July, 1916.
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