Sunday 24 June 2012

Sergeant Keith Clarke Steele

Born on 28 March 1894 in Ironsides, Quebec - husband of Mrs. K.C. Steele, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as wife; trade as stenographer and bookkeeper; married; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 10.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 13 August 1915 (number 144525) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 5 December 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF, on 30 October 1918 - later served with the Corps of Military Staff Clerks and promoted to sergeant - repatriated to Canada on 5 August 1919.

(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; anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.145)

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