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John STEEL

Regimental number11533
Place of birthYoung, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFireman
Address6 Balfour Street, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, H. Steel, 6 Balfour Street, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceCommonwealth Forces (1 year 9 months)
Enlistment date4 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHoldsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name5th Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Surname spelt STEELE
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Frances STEEL
Discharge date16 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 2nd Divisional Artillery Column, Zeitoun, 19 February 1916.

Taken on strength of 105th Battery, 22nd Howitzer Bde, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 5th Field Artillery Bde, 13 May 1916.

Promoted Bombardier, 31 August 1916.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 17 February 1917 (scalded foot); transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Rest Station, 18 February 1917; to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station, 24 February 1917; to No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 27 February 1917; to England, 28 February 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 28 February 1917; discharged to furlough, 27 April 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 May 1917 (Class A3).

Marched into Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Larkhill, 17 May 1917.

Attached to Permanent Cadre, Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Larkhill, 3 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 October 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 5 October 1917.

Marched out to unit, 9 October 1917; taken on strength of 2nd Divisional Artillery Column, 11 October 1917.

Rejoined unit from leave, 4 February 1918.

Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Bde, 16 March 1918, and taken on strength of 105th Battery the same day.

Wounded in action, 24 April 1918, and remained on duty.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 21 June 1918.

Reverts to the rank of Bombardier, 27 June 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 21 September 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 1 October 1918.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1918 (2nd occasion); admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 5 October 1918 (bullet wound, left foot); transferred to No 50 Casualty Clearing Station, 5 October 1918; to No 5 Ambulance Train, 5 October 1918; to No 74 General Hospital, Trouville, 6 October 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 17 December 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 6 February 1919.

On leave to England, 11 February 1919; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 26 February 1919.

Proceeded to unit, 4 March 1919; rejoined 5th Field Artillery Bde, 7 March 1919.

Attached to 4th Field Artillery Bde, 31 March 1919.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 6 April 1919; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 12 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Rio Negro', 29 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 25 July 1919; discharged Sydney (termination of period of enlistment), 16 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death1 July 1939
Age at death46
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, STEEL John

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