Exhibit of the Week: A mystery at sea

Douglas Stewart's Good Conduct medal on display at Pocklington's Burnby Hall museum
Douglas Stewart's Good Conduct medal on display at Pocklington's Burnby Hall museum

In the Stewart Museum, there is a small cabinet dedicated to members of Major Percy Stewart’s family.

Amongst the items on display, is a medal awarded by Thames Nautical Training College to Douglas Campbell Murray Stewart for “General Good Conduct” in the midsummer of 1885. It is the only personal possession of his in the Stewart Museum at Pocklington.

However, behind this item, there lies a tragic story.

Douglas Campbell Murray Stewart was born in 1869, and was two years older than his brother Percy Stewart.

As a young man, he decided to train for a life at sea.

Full story in next week’s (23 October) Pocklington Post.