During the First World War, John initially joined the Highland Light Infantry as a Private Soldier. After training, he was commissioned and attached to a Border Regiment. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and became the Regiment's Adjutant. Promoted to the rank of Major, he was transferred to the South Lancashire Regiment. He served on the Western Front and was awarded the Military Cross.
John was with the South Staffordshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 26th April 1918. He is commemorated TYNE COT Memorial, France.
John Ebenezer Stewart's WW1 collection, “Grapes of Thorns (poems)” was published by Erskine Macdonald, London in 1917. His poems were included in five WW1 Anthologies.
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Source: Catherine W. Reilly "English Poetry of the First World War: A Bibliography" (St. Martin's Press, New York, 1978), pages 304 - 305.