WWII Memorial Cross to Leading Aircraftman Stewart McEwen RCAF
WWII Memorial Cross to Leading Aircraftman Stewart McEwen RCAF - George VI (L.A.C. S.A. McEWEN R191601). Naming is engraved. Dark patina, suspended from a hanger with pinback, contact marks, better than very fine. Accompanied by assorted research papers. Footnote: Stewart Almer McEwen was the son of Charles F. McEwen and Lillian May McEwen of Parkhill, Ontario and a Construction Hand by trade. McEwen enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force (R/191601), later advancing to the rank of Leading Aircraftman. During the Second World War, shortly before the union of Newfoundland with Canada, the two Governments entered into an agreement whereby Newfoundland forces were placed under Canadian command and Canada assumed wide responsibilities for the defence of the territory. Newfoundland (with Labrador) was included within the Atlantic Command with Area Headquarters located at St. John's and Goose Bay. McEwen was one of those Canadians to serve in Newfoundland. On November 21, 1944, he was working with No. 8 Construction Maintenance Unit at Tufts Cove, Nerwfoundland, when a dump truck he was in, slipped into a ditch and rolled over him after he had been ejected from the vehicle, killing him at the age of 23. McEwen is buried in St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery, St. John's, Newfoundland, Grave Reference: Section A, Plot 2, Grave 1. and is commemorated on page 385 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.