Sunday 24 June 2012

Private John Arthur Steele

Born on 22 January 1894 in Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ontario - next of kin listed as Mrs. John Steele, Almonte, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; currently a member of the Guelph COTC; no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; light complexion; bluish grey eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Guelph, Ontario, on 16 March 1915 (number 411014) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF - wounded on 8 May 1916.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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