Edmond David Stewart Jr.
Edmond David Stewart Jr. was born October 25, 1894, in New Cumberland, West Virginia, the only child of Edmond and Mary S. Stewart.
Edmond attended New Cumberland High School, graduating with the class of 1910. He also attended West Virginia University where he excelled as a scholar; due to his high ranking he was chosen for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity. He was also a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and a member of the board that published the school annual. He graduated with honors in 1915 receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Edmond then entered Harvard Law School at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and completed two years before being called into the service.
On September 22, 1917, Edmond went to Camp Lee, Virginia, for his military training and while there was captain of a contingent of 79 Hancock County boys also sent to the camp. He was later sent to France and was in the front line trenches a month after his arrival. Edmond was transferred several times before being placed in the famous “Rainbow Division,” so named because troops were chosen from throughout the United States and moved from place to place as needed. Known as a “thorough soldier,” he became a “top sergeant” and led his men at the front.
Sergeant Edmond D. Stewart Jr., with the 167th Infantry since April, was killed on July 15, 1918, during the Champagne-Marne Offensive of the Second Battle of the Marne. His body was returned to the United States in 1921 and was reburied at his hometown of New Cumberland.
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