Born Hull, 07/04/1892. Third son of Thomas Charles Steele (1858-1920) and Maria Elizabeth Outram (1860-1921), of 52 Alexandra Street, Hull (1911 Census). Son of a Cab Driver. He had three brothers and six sisters. Educated at Warne Street Council School, Hull. An Assistant Steward for the Merchant Navy. He was based at the Hull & Barnsley Railways head Office.
He married “Cassie” Moorhead (1892-1974), at St Stephens Church, Hull, on 01/03/1913. His wife, Kathleen Moorhead, lived at 16, Charlotte Street, Hull (Probate address) and 76, Portland Street, Hull (War Pension address). They had one son, Kenneth James Steele, born on 13/06/1914.
He enlisted on the outbreak of war, 05/08/1914 and volunteered for the 1/4th East Yorkshire regiment. Posted to France, on 17/04/1915. Killed in action, on 26/05/1915, aged 23. He is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. From letters received it appears that one of his comrades was shot by a sniper and he was shot through the heart going to his assistance.
His army effects were left to his widow, Kathleen. He also left £62 in his will to her. She received a weekly war pension of 15 shillings, on 03/12/1915.
His death was recorded in the De Ruvigny Roll of Honour, Volume 1, page 338.