James Norman STEELE


STEELE, James Norman

Service Number: 624
Enlisted: 5 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Nackara, South Australia, 18 February 1896
Home Town: Nackara, Peterborough, South Australia
Schooling: Nackara Public School
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 July 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France, Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Peterborough Nackara & Partoo Roll of Honor, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 624, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 624, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 624, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Private James Norman Steele, who was killed in action in France on July 20, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Steele, of Nackara, whose only other son is at the front. Prior to enlisting the late Private Steele was connected with the Education Department as assistant teacher at Solomontown. He was born and educated at Nackara. His career as a teacher was a promising one. Being studious and devoted to his work, he won the esteem of the old and young alike. His parents are old and highly respected residents of Nackara, and sympathy is felt for them. Private Steele was the first of many young soldiers recruited from Nackara to make the supreme sacrifice. He was 20 years of age, and left for the front with his brother, Norman, at the end of last year." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 18 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)