Pioneer Sergeant A L W Steele and his sons

Pioneer Sergeant A L W Steele and his sons

This photograph was taken between 1909 and May 1911 when Sergeant Steele and his sons were serving with the 1st Battalion.
Standing (from left): Private C H Steele (later Captain C H Steele MC*), Private D W J Steele (later Colour Sergeant D W J Steele), and Private P G Steele.

3254 Pioneer Sergeant Albert Louis William Steele served with Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) from 18 May 1889 to 17 May 1911. He served in South Africa with the 2nd Battalion and later joined the 1st Battalion as Pioneer Sergeant. He was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1907. He died on 14 March 1948.

Captain Charles Henry Steele MC* enlisted into Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) as a boy soldier (10235 – Private) on 22 January 1909, aged 14, and joined the 1st Battalion. He deployed to France with the 1st Battalion on 22 August 1914, was promoted to Corporal on 20 March 1915 and to Sergeant on 7 January 1916. He was commissioned into Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) on 26 June 1918 and joined the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers on 21 September 1918, serving in ‘D’ Company. He was awarded the Military Cross for his conduct during the attack at Vijfwegen on 30 September 1918 and a Bar during the crossing of the Lys on 16 October 1918. He joined the 1st Battalion on 19 December 1918, with which he served in Iraq. He retired and transferred to the Reserve of Officers on 24 September 1922. He served as the aide-de-camp to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief Hong Kong from 13 November 1925 to 23 July 1927 in the local rank of Captain before settling in London, where he became the secretary of the London branch of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Old Comrades Association. Steele was active in the British Union of Fascists and became its prospective parliamentary candidate for Guildford. He died on 25 January 1939 soon after an accident (allegedly from a blow from a stone thrown at a British Union of Fascists rally), aged 44.

7969 Colour Sergeant Douglas William John Steele enlisted into Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) as a regular soldier on 30 April 1903. He served in France with the 1st Battalion from 22 August 1914 and was evacuated to hospital in England on 20 July 1915. Having been transferred to The Royal Irish Regiment (renumbered 601), he was transferred back to Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) and sent to France on 23 May 1917. He joined the 9th (Service) Battalion as a Company Quartermaster Sergeant, in which capacity he served for the remainder of the war. He continued to serve as a regular soldier after the war (re-numbered 7040804) with the 1st Battalion in Persia and Mesopotamia in 1919/20. He was discharged on 30 June 1921 and died at Marlow, Buckinghamshire in 1975, aged 87.

Private Percy Giles Steele enlisted into The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) in April 1908 and transferred to Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) in May 1909. He joined the 2nd Battalion in India and spent a considerable amount of time in detention before being discharged in February 1914 for misconduct.

(Photo Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum)

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