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Frederick Wilberforce (Fred) Steele (1885–1914)

Frederick Steele, by C. Vandyke, n.d.

Frederick Steele, by C. Vandyke, n.d.

Australan War Memorial, 2016.587.21

In recording the death in action of Lieutenant Steele, late of "Normanhurst," Kew, Victoria, the London "Times" publishes the following:— Lieutenant Frederick Wilberforce Alexander Steele, Royal Fusiliers (who was officially reported "wounded and missing" at the beginning of December) was the son of Mr. Philip J. Steele, of Melbourne, and joined the Royal Fusiliers from the Australian Commonwealth forces in 1907, receiving promotion in 1910. He was in the battle of Mons and the subsequent actions, holding the rank of captain in the field until 26th or 27th October, when he fell at Neuchapelle. His gallantry and skill brought him the personal congratulations of Sir John French, mention in despatches, and a recommendation for the Distinguished Service Order. Lieut. Steele was 29 years of age.

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Frederick Steele, by C. Vandyke, n.d.

Frederick Steele, by C. Vandyke, n.d.

Australan War Memorial, 2016.587.21

Life Summary [details]


12 September, 1885
Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


26 October, 1914 (aged 29)
Neuve Chapelle, France

Cause of Death

killed in action

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