Malvern College First World War Casualty

Major William Basil Ewart

Photo of William Basil Ewart
House and time at Malvern: No 2, 1904 - 1906.

Regiment: Royal Irish Regt.
Died: 13 February 1920 aged 30 in Ireland. Died of illness contracted on active service.
Cemetery: Belfast Clifton St Antrim

Son of Frederick William and Mary Anne Elizabeth Ewart, of Belfast;, and Lisburn, Ireland, b. 1890.
Middle IV B.
15th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.

Husband of Rebe Annette Ewart, of Belfast.

'After leaving Malvern, he went into business in Belfast. He was in the Territorial Force for some years before the War, and when the war broke out, the work that he had already done, and the keenness that he had displayed marked him out as likely to be a capable officer under war conditions : and this he proved himself to be. He was in the 15th Royal Irish Rifles, and reached the rank of Major. He served in France, being mentioned in despatches (May 1917), there he contracted an illness of which he died on February 13th last. He leaves a widow. To her and to his parents we offer our sincere sympathy.' (Malvernian, Mar 1920)

He joined up in 1914 and served in France. He resigned his Commission on account of ill health in Sept 1917.
He died from disease contracted on active service (Died post-resignation of nephritis) .
Biography leading to recognition by CWGC in 2011
Service record: WO 339/14262