George Colin STEER

STEER, George Colin

Service Number: 178
Enlisted: 20 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goroke, Victoria, 17 January 1893
Home Town: Maylands (SA), Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Wellington Road Public School, [Now Mt Barker High School], South Australia
Occupation: Carpenter and Joiner
Died: Killed in Action, France, 10 August 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery, Picardie
Plot VII, Row G, Grave 11, Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Norwood Baptist Church WW1 Honour Rolls, St Peters Heroes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Sergeant, 178, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Sergeant, 178, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide

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Sergeant George Colin Steer

A carpenter from Maylands, South Australia (10th battalion) whose Mother lived on Phyllis Street, Maylands.

Sergeant Steer enlisted in 1914 and served in Gallipoli and seriously wounded in May 1915 and returned to Gallipoli in August 1915 before again being evacuated, dangerously ill with influenza in September 1915. His record states he was Killed in Action on 10 August 1918 aged 25 years “by a rifle bullet while on patrol near Lihons”.


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Sergeant GEORGE C. STEER, the youngest son of Mrs. C. M. Steer, of Phillis-street, Maylands, was born in Victoria, but at an early age came to this State, and was educated at Wellington road State  school. He was enthusiastic on military training, and in days of peace had undergone a thorough training in various departments of military service, and put in the customary periods of drill in annual  camps. When war was declared he was one of the first to put down his name, and lined up with the earliest volunteers at Morphettville to form the immortal 10th Battalion. He took part in the landing  at Gallipoll, was wounded, and subsequently ill for many months. He rejoined his battalion in France, and saw active service, till again laid aside by illness. Although he had a chance to come back to  Australia, he decided to 'carry on' with his comrades, already so sadly depleted by the long-drawn conflict, and he met his death on the field of action on August 10. He was a faithful member of the  Norwood Baptist Church, serving in the capacity of door steward, and librarian for a number of years of the Sunday-school. He would have been 26 years old next January.