Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion are calling on members and friends of Stewart Kingdom to attend his funeral on Friday December 21st at 2.40 pm in Yeovil Crematorium. During his time as a Branch member, Stewart was a regular attendee at many Branch meetings, fetes, functions and school visits.
Despite his debilitating illness of Parkinson’s, suffering with PTSD and being diagnosed with terminal cancer of the oesophagus in August this year, Stewart helped the RBL throughout the Poppy Appeal by standing at the stalls and proudly took part in the Remembrance Sunday parade at Severalls.
Stewart Kingdom’s Army service as a member of the RAMC included several tours of Northern Ireland, the Falklands campaign of 1982 and the first Gulf War in 1991. After leaving the Army in 1997, Stewart’s life was struck with personal tragedy – his father died in hospital during a routine operation, his mother was so distraught that she took her own life and on the day of his mother and father’s funeral, Stewart’s sister was killed in a road accident.
The tragic events continued when Stewart’s marriage ended, his suffering from PTSD believed to be a major cause of the breakdown.
Sadly on November 15th Stewart took his own life at his home in Crewkerne. Due to the loss of so many family members, Crewkerne Branch of the RBL are calling on those who knew Stewart or are moved by his tragic story, to attend his funeral and show their respects for a veteran, who sadly felt that life was no longer worth living. Attendance at Stewart’s funeral will also help to keep the issue of veterans with PTSD at the fore front of public awareness.