Steele, James (No. 75932)

Steele, James

Private

No. 11626, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, transferred to

No. 75932, Royal Fusiliers, posted to

2nd/2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

Killed in action on Wednesday 24 April 1918 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France (Panel 19 to 21)

Holywood and District War Memorial

High Street Holywood Presbyterian Church

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

James Steele was born on 2 February 1899 at 43 Eia Street, Belfast and he was a son of William Stuart Steele and Hannah Steele (nee Campbell) who were married on 16 August 1896 in Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church Belfast.  William Stuart Steele was a son of James Steele, a solicitor.  Hannah Campbell was a daughter of John Campbell, a farmer.

The Steele family lived in Belfast at 43 Eia Street, 2 Elim Grove Terrace and 10 Cliftonville Road.  They moved to Holywood where they lived in Shore Street and at 8 Marine Parade, Holywood.

William Stuart Steele was a gas revenue collector and he and Hannah had at least four children:

Annie Auld (born 4 June 1897 at 43 Eia Street, Belfast)

James (born 2 February 1899 at 43 Eia Street, Belfast)

William Stuart (born 28 April 1901 at 2 Elim Grove Terrace, Cliftonville Road, Belfast)

Martha Jane (born 13 June 1904 in Shore Street, Holywood)

James Steele moved to England where he lived in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He enlisted in Hastings and served in the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (No. 11626) before being transferred to the Royal Fusiliers (No. 75932).

Private James Steele was 19 when he was killed in action on 24 April 1918 and he has no known grave.

Private James Steele is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial in France; on Holywood and District War Memorial; in High Street Holywood Presbyterian Church and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 606).