General Stewart

67 Pont Street, December 2017.

If you walk along Pont Street you may have noticed this house opposite St Columba’s Church. Both were built in 1884 but the church was destroyed by a bomb in 1941 and rebuilt in 1955. No 67, known as Farm House, was commissioned by Major General Sir Herbert Stewart KCB but he never lived there. Now No. 67 is home to Knightsbridge School.

Memorial for Major General Sir Herbert Stewart, K.C.B. by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm. Bronze. Signed lower left “J. E. Boehm Fecit.” St. Paul’s Cathedral.

If General Stewart looks rather young he is. He died in 1885 aged only forty-one of wounds received on the expedition to relieve Gordon’s garrison at Khartoum. Distinguished enough to merit this bronze memorial in St Paul’s but he has another memorial (fountain) in Hans Place facing Pont Street.

Hans Place, December 2017.
Stewart memorial, December 2017.

There is a poignant inscription along the base of the memorial:

Also of his son Geoffrey Stewart, Coldstream Guards, killed in action in France, December 22nd 1914 aged 36.

Now for something different. Two friends suggested these items as “stocking fillers”.

I have clipped my miniature compass to my Oyster card case, my friend has his on his watch strap.

Hermes window, Sloane Street, December 2017.