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291027   Sergeant Robert Henry Lewis Steele
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge) (British Army)
Died: 29/03/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 35
Summary      
Robert Henry Lewis Steele was the son of Robert and Caroline Steele. He was born about 1883 in Middlesex, England. He enlisted at Ravenscourt Park in London. He was living in Shepherd's Bush. His wife lived in Baring Road, Lee, London. Sergeant Steele was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment when he died of wounds received in action during the German Spring Offensive on 29th March 1918.
Further Information
Robert Henry Lewis Steele was the son of Robert R Steele and Caroline Steele.
Robert was the grandson of Mr Robert Steele of Grange, Tullyhogue, Cookstown.
Robert Henry Lewis Steele was born and raised in Middlesex. He was born about 1883.
Known family: Robert R Steele, Caroline Steele, Robert Henry Lewis Steele (born about 1883).
Robert Steele attended Bedford Modern School between 1891 and 1894.
Robert enlisted at Ravenscourt Park in London. He was living in Shepherd's Bush.
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Sergeant Robert Henry Lewis Steele was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment when he died at Pas de Calais from wounds received in action during the German Spring Offensive on 29th March 1918.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 13th April 1918:
STEELE – Killed in action 29th March, Robert H L Steele, Sergeant, Middlesex Regiment, eldest son of Robert R Steele, formerly of Grange, Tullyhogue, aged 35.
Sergeant Robert Henry Lewis Steele is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
The inscription on his grave reads: ‘PRO PATRIA NON TIMIDUS MORI’, which is believed to mean ‘unafraid to die for his country’.
Robert Steele is commemorated on Bedford Modern School's Roll of Honour.
The CWGC record Sergeant Robert Henry Lewis Steele as the son of Robert and Caroline Steele. He is also recorded as the husband of Lucy Emily Steele, of ‘Raewood’ Baring Road, Lee, London.
It seems very unlikely Robert Lewis ever lived or worked in the Cookstown area, but is included here because he is listed in the Cookstown War Dead book, because his grandfather was from Grange, Tullyhogue, Cookstown.
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1 Bedford Modern School Robert Steele on school's Roll of Honour
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
3 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Sergeant Robert Henry Lewis Steele
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Robert Steele's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020