The son of David and Annie Stewart, David Arthur Stewart was one of the highest
scoring bomber pilots of the Great War, He scored his first two victories as an observer with 20 Squadron at the beginning of August
1916. Corporal Stewart received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3958 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Brooklands on 7 December 1916. As a pilot, he joined 18 Squadron in 1917 and scored fourteen
victories flying the D.H.4 in 1918. Post-war, Stewart was killed when the D.H.34 he was flying to Paris crashed near Purley, Surrey.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Dundee Courier - Friday 26 December 1924
Military Cross (MC)
"T./2nd Lt. David Arthur Stewart, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when returning from bombing an enemy dump, he was intercepted by a formation of thirty hostile machines. He attacked the leader and shot his machine down out of control, whilst his observer shot down another enemy scout. He then fired a burst at another large scout, which dived down vertically out of control. On his observer being hit whilst engaged with another four machines, he spun down 4,000 feet and dived for our lines. Later, when on photographic duty, he was attacked by five enemy scouts, three of which were accounted for by his observer and himself. In the face of heavy odds, his courage, skill and fine tighting spirit have been most conspicuous."
"T./2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) David Arthur
Stewart, M.C., Gen. List, and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the past month, when engaged with superior numbers of enemy aircraft, he has destroyed four hostile machines, all of which were seen to crash by other observers. He has in addition carried out nine successful reconnaissances, as a result of which he has returned with information of the greatest value. He has displayed the greatest courage and determination at all times on his many low flying and bombing attacks on hostile troops and transport.
(M.C. gazetted 22nd April, 1918.)"
"Lieut. (T./Capt.) David Arthur Stewart, M.C.
An able leader, conspicuous for initiative and dash. He has destroyed three enemy machines, and has, in addition, taken part in numerous bombing raids, reconnaissances and photographic flights. In the majority of these he has been leader, and frequently in order to obtain accurate information he has led his flight at very low altitudes."