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John Steel

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Portrait, originally published in the Auckland Weekly News (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, originally published in the Auckland Weekly News (kindly provided by family) - No known co …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Steel AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Steele AWMM
    • John Steel AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 25/681 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Steel (mother), West Plains, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 25/681 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      15 September 1916 wounded in field, right arm AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 7.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      136 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Steel was the son of Jessie and the late Alexander Steel, of West Plains, Southland, New Zealand.

    12 October 1915 – Entered Trentham camp

    5 February 1916 – Embarked from Wellington onboard HMNZT 42 – NZ Troopship, Ulimaroa. 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade, ‘D’ company

    13 March 1916 – Disembarked Suez

    7 April 1916 – Embarked for France on ship Alaunia

    15 September 1916 – Wounded in field. Right arm. (Abbey road/Flag Lane area, near Flers)

    16 September 1916 – In No1 South African Hospital, Abbeville

    17 September 1916 – In No7 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport

    12 October 1916 – In No3 Convelescant Hospital,Wimeraux

    25 October 1916 – Marched into Etaples

    14 November 1916 – Rejoined Unit in field. (somewhere near Fleurbaix)

    12 March 1917 – Detached to Working Battalion

    2 April 1917 – Rejoined Unit. (Training at the Tilques Training area near Wisques)

    21 April 1917 – Detached to Working Battalion

    19 May 1917 – Rejoined Unit. (near Steenebeck).

    30 May 1917 – Detached to Reinforcements Camp

    30 May 1917 – To U K on Leave

    12 June 1917 – Rejoined Unit. (near Nieppe)

    19 August 1917 – Killed in Action. Warneton sector, North of river Douve, forward slopes of Messines ridge.

    Two sons were killed in WW1, brothers Thomas Robert Steel (13113) and John Steel (25/681)

    Listed incorrectly as Steele on Embarkation Rolls (correspondence with family)

    Embarked Wellington, 5 Februyary 1916; disembarked Suez, 13 March 1916.
    Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 7 April 1916.
    Wounded in action, 15 September 1916 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to 1/1 Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to No 1 South African General Hospital, Abbeville, 16 September 1916; to No 7 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport, 17 September 1916; to No 3 Convalescent Depot, Wimereux, 12 October 1916; to Base Depot, Etaples, 25 October 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 14 November 1916.
    Detached to Working Bn, 12 March 1917; rejoined Rifle Bn, 2 April 1917.
    Detached to Working Bn, 21 April 1917; rejoined Rifle Bn, 19 May 1917.
    On leave to United Kingdom, 30 May 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 12 June 1917.
    Killed in action, 19 August 1917.

    Parents: Jessie and the late Alexander Steel, West Plains, Southland

    Surname incorrectly entered on Nominal Roll as STEELE. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    19 August 1917 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bethleem Farm West Cemetery, Messines, Belgium AWMM D. 9. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      24: 16 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Blast : the magazine of the Third Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. John Long Ltd. ; [On board ship] : [H.M.N.Z.T. No. 42, Ulimaroa] AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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