Colonel John William Brownlow Stuart was born on the 30th May 1917. The son of Brigadier-General Burleigh Francis Brownlow Stuart (who also served with the Worcestershire Regiment and commanded the 3rd Battalion) and Evelyn Margaret Clarke.
Colonel John William Brownlow Stuart was educated in Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire, England, and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Berkshire.
Colonel Stuart was commissioned into The Regiment from Sandhurst on 28th January 1937, and was first posted to the 1st Battalion with which he served as a Subaltern until December 1940, and as Battalion Adjutant, in Sudan and Eritrea from December 1940 to July 1941, He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the Palestine operations in 1939.
From 1941 to 1942 he was successively Staff Captain, then D.A.A. and Q.M.G., 29th Indian Infantry Brigade Group in the Western Desert and in Egypt. From September 1942 to August 1943, he was D.A.Q.M.G., Middle East Forces, Cairo.
From August 1943 to January 1944, he attended and qualified at a Wartime Staff Course at the Middle East Staff College, Haifa, which was followed by his appointment as Brigade Major 15th Infantry Brigade, 5th British Division which included active service at Anzio, followed by re-training in Palestine and Syria.
He was awarded the M.B.E. in December 1945. Then followed the further Staff appointments of D.A.A. and Q.M.G. of 182nd Infantry Brigade in Kent (of which the 9th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, commanded by the then Lieut.-Colonel C. P. G. Wills, was one of the Battalions in this Brigade) and G.S.O. 2, 56th (London) Infantry Division, in Italy and Trieste.
From July 1946 to February 1947, he returned again to the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and commanded “C” Company, of the 1st Battalion, at Gandersheim (B.A.O.R.), Trieste and Pola.
From March 1947 to July 1950, he was a Company Instructor, and Regimental representative, at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
This was followed during the period August 1950 to January 1952, by the appointment G.S.O. 2 (Operations), G.H.Q., M.E.L.F., at Fayid, Egypt, and by a tour of duty with the Army Team of Lecturers in England.
Colonel J. W. B. Stuart, MBE, MC