Brigadier-General Burleigh Francis Brownlow STUART, C.B., C.M.G.

Commanded the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from 1912 to June 1915.

Burleigh Francis Brownlow Stuart was born on the 1st November 1868 at Christchurch. He was the son of Burleigh William Henry Fitzgibbon Stuart and Susan Mary Briscoe.

Brig.-General Stuart began his army career with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Regiment on the 10th March 1888.

He transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment on the 21st December 1889 and joined the 1st Battalion. He served in the South African War (Boer War) and in 1900 was promoted Brevet-Major for his services in the field.

In 1912 he took over command of the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from Colonel G. T. Peacocke. He took the 3rd Battalion to France in 1914 as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). He commanded them throughout the Retreat from Mons and at the battle of Le Cateau in which the Battalion played a conspicuous part. Throughout those difficult days Colonel Stuart's leadership and personal courage were an inspiration to all. The Regimental history records several occasions on which he personally led the Battalion reserve in counter-attacks and saved the situation.

He was wounded in the Ypres salient in 1915. From 1916 onwards he commanded a Brigade. He was promoted Substantive Colonel in 1916 and retired with the rank of Brigadier-General in 1919.

For his services in the war he was invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath (C.B.) in 1915 and was invested as a Companion, Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.) in 1919.

Brig.-Gen. B. F. B. Stuart

Brig.-Gen. B. F. B. Stuart grave

Brig.-General B. F. B. Stuart grave
(St. Peter's Church, Bournemouth)

He married Evelyn Margaret Clarke, daughter of Lieut.-Colonel Sir Edward Henry St. Lawrence Clarke, on the 26th January 1916.

He led the parade to the Cathedral in Worcester on the occasion of the peace celebration in 1919. For many years he was honorary secretary of the Regimental Dinner Club.

Brig.-General B. F. B. Stuart died on the 8th March 1952 (age 83), at his home, Letton, Blandford, Dorset. His funeral took place at Pimperne, near Blandford, on the 12th March 1952. Lieut.-Colonel J. T. Milner, O.B.E., and Major L. J. Vicarage, M.B.E., represented the Regiment.

He is buried at St. Peter's Church, Bournemouth and his wife shares the same grave.

Brigadier-General Stuart had two sons with the Regiment, Major J. W. B. Stuart, M.B.E., M.C. (who later was to command the 1st Battalion) and Captain B. E. St. L. Stuart.