Patrick Shaw Stewart

Patrick Shaw Stewart (17 August 1888 - 30 December 1917) was born in Wales and attended Eton before reading classics at Balliol College, Oxford. He was academically brilliant and was elected a Fellow of All Souls.

However, he chose a career in banking instead of academia and joined Barings in 1911. He was made a director of Barings in February 1913. He commented that his "virgin document" for signature a director was a £100,000 cheque "which gave me an exquisite sensation, but since then I have signed 500 dividend warrants in 20 minutes, and wished I had taken one of the partners' advice and used P. Stewart".

He was a member of the "coterie", a group of young socialites, aristocrats and intellectuals centred around Diana Manners (later Lady Diana Cooper). A number of members of the coterie were killed during the First World War.

Patrick Shaw-Stewart was the first of Barings' partners to go to War. He joined the Royal Navy, initially working as an interpreter. Shaw Stewart was killed in France end of 1917. At the time of his death he was a temporary battalion commander in the Royal Naval Division.

Today Shaw Stewart is most noted for his poem Achilles in the Trench. It was written while he was on leave on the island of Imbros, waiting to fight at Gallipoli. From Imbros he could see the location of Troy and the poem contains numerous references to Homer's Iliad.

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