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Oswald Oliver STEEL

Regimental number903
Place of birthWallsend, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPitt Town, Wallsend, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Irene Steel, c/o Nurse Johnston, Fawcett Street, Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 November 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 10 August 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialBrookwood Military Cemetery (Plot XI, Row D, Grave No. 13), Surrey, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Red Cross file No 2610508M, statement by 858 Corporal W.A. NORRIS (patient, No 4 Australian General Hospital, Randwick), 8 April 1918: 'Informant states they both belonged to "C" Company. On 7.6.17 the Battalion was engaged in the Messines operations. They hopped over at 3-10 a.m.. Informant saw Steel both before and after the hopover. They were both wounded and brought back to the Dressing Station on the same trolley. Steel had been wounded by a shell. Informant spoke to him and they shook hands. He also asked Steel where he had been hit, Steel replied that he was wounded in the back. They separated at Charing Cross Dressing Station Ploeugstert (sic) and saw no more of each other. Informant heard that Steel had been sent to the 3rd London General Hospital. It was evident that Steel was badly wounded.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STEEL Oswald Oliver
Red Cross File 2610508M

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