Captain J D H Stewart c1876



Ensign 12th Foot 22nd Sep 1865
Cornet 11th Hussars 10th Oct 1865
Lieutenant 11th Hussars 13th Jan 1869
Captain 11th Hussars 12th May 1876
Major 11th Hussars 18th May 1881
Lt-Col 11th Hussars 1st July 1881

In Febraury 1884 Stewart accompanied General Gordon to Khartoum where Gordon was proclaimed Governor-General and Stewart was appointed Lieutenant-Governor. In March the army of the Mahdi laid siege to Khartoum and this continued until January 1885. While the siege was going on, Gordon ordered Stewart to proceed down the Nile by steamer to Dongola with the French Consul and and Irishman named Power. But the steamer struck a rock just below the Island of Kaniett. The party was invited to land on a smaller island called Um Dewarmat with their interpreter and enjoy the hospitality of an Arab Sheik named Sulieman-wad-Gamur. While they were enjoying dates and coffee, Suleiman and his men charged in and a fight ensued. Stewart and the others were overpowered and executed. General Gordon was killed at Khartoum on 26th January 1885.


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