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Eric Harold Campbell STEEL

Regimental number28
Place of birthAshfield New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationJackeroo
AddressKing Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, James Steel, King Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Brigade Ammunition Reserve
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll8977
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Company, Australian Army Service Corps
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was in charge of a Convoy working between HELLFIRE Corner and WESTHOEK on 4th November, 1917. On being informed that part of his Convoy had run into a Barrage in CHATEAU WOOD and Teams had to abandon Wagons on account of roads being impassable he, in spite of heavy shelling, collected the teams and a number of men returned to CHATEAU WOOD, repaired the road, salvaged the wagons, saw to the destruction of all wounded animals, collected the wounded men and conveyed them to the dressing station. This N.C.O.'s coolness, resourcefulness and courage set an example to those under him and is very praiseworthy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 8978 Sergeant Robert Muddle STEEL, 20th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, returned to Australia, 9 March 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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