THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
STEWART Alexander Edward
24/1, Brigadier General, New Zealand Rifle Brigade

CITATION
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Gazetted 3 June 1919, p2770
During the operations covering the period 26th March to 17th July 1918 this officer commanded the 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade in the Mailly
Maillet, Hebuterne sector with conspicuous success.  His daring and leadership during a very trying time contributed materially to the success of the
operation which resulted in the capture of the high ground on the north of the Sugar Infantry between Auchonvillers and Hebuterne.  This officer has
always shown great gallantry and sound and capable leadership, both when in command of a Battalion and on assuming command of the 3rd New
Zealand (Rifle) Brigade.  By his total disregard of danger and the manner in which he has carried out his duties at all times he has inspired the
confidence of all under his command.  Brigadier General Stewart was wounded by a sniper while making a reconnaissance of a newly captured
position near Fusilier Trench on 17th July 1918.

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 January 1917, p29
For conspicuous good work and ability since the arrival of the Division in France: when in the trenches at Armentieres he organised and planned a most successful raid against the German trenches which resulted in the killing of 39 of the enemy and the capture of 9 prisoners.  During the advance of the 13th September and the capture of Flers, Colonel Steward did conspicuous good work.  When the situation was obscure, he personally went forward, organised parties fron his own and other Battalions, and at once consolidated the position gained.  By his cheerfulness and disregard of danger he put fresh heart into the men and materially assisted in the success of the advance.  Throughout the whole period in France, Colonel Stewart has shown the greatest Keenness and willingness to carry out any work, and the success of the Battalion in any task it has undertaken is due to a very large extent to the personal example set by this officer.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p261
Mentioned in a despatch from General Sir Douglas Haig, Commander-in-Chief of the British Armies in France dated 13the November 1916.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 May 1918, p6204
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period, 25th September 1917 to midnight 24/25th February 1918.  Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch dated 7th April 1918.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 July 1919, p8836
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period, 16th September 1918 to midnight 15th March 1919.

Croix de Guerre (France)
Gazetted 17 December 1917, p13206
For distinguished service rendered during the course of the campaign.

AWARDS
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Distinguished Service Order
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (3)
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Decoration
Croix de Guerre (France)

NOTES
Born 22 January 1867, Milton, New Zealand
Died 14 May 1940, Dunedin, New Zealand