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Robert Blackwood Steele

Group sitting in front of the sphinx, Egypt - 4 men from 3 Company Auckland Infantry Regiment, c February 1915. L-R Pte Hayter (12/129), Jock McKenzie (12/160), Lt Frater (12/1026), Pte AB Fordyce (12/102). Photo by Private R.B. Steele (12/604). Image provided by family - No known copyright restrictions
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    Robert Blackwood AWMM
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    Steele AWMM
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    12/604 AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Mangatawhiri Valley, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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    A.C. Steele (father), 34 Picton Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


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    WW1 Unknown AWMM AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
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  • This photograph of the group sitting in front of the sphinx was also published in the Auckland Weekly News 6 May 1915, p 44 Col. A, but the pyramids and sphinx were cropped out. Family (of J MacKenzie) date the photograph to probably February 1915 as Frater has Sergeant stripes and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant sometime shortly after 26th February 1915.

    Survived the war.

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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  • 15th North Auckland Company, Auckland Regiment. Auckland Grammar 1904, Auckland Teachers College 1911-12. Corporal then promoted to 2 Lt
    Public - Joseph - 28 June 2015



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  • External links
    • Auckland University College Roll of Honour.
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    • FamNet: The Family History Network record page
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    • Public - Joseph - 28 June 2015 - Robert Steele was teaching in Maungatawhiri Valley south of Auckland when he enlisted in September 1914.11 Born in 1890 to Mary and Alexander Steele, he was placed 20th in the 1907 junior civil service examinations.12 After Auckland Grammar School, Steele attended University in 1909 and again in 1911-1912 while also studying at Training College.13 A keen photographer, some of Steele’s pictures from Egypt and Gallipoli were published in the Auckland Weekly News, giving those back home a soldier’s view of the campaign. Steele received injuries at Gallipoli. Steele was discharged overseas in August 1919, and worked in England and Scotland, before returning to New Zealand with his wife. In the early 1940s, the couple were in Kaikohe where Steele worked as an agricultural instructor and served in various capacities during the Second World War. He died in 1976.
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 689 AWMM
    • A.U.C. roll of honour, 1914 - 1920. MSS & Archives E-2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. AWMM


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