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John Steele

John Steele

Date of Birth

11 May 1880


Borough Road College


Tutor at Borough Road College

Service number


WW1 rank


Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Served on HMS Peel Castle

Date of death

7 February 1916

Location of death

Perished in ship fire


Buried in Ramsgate and St. Lawrence Cemetery, Kent


Lieutenant John Steele spent three years at Borough Road College, graduating with a BSc and later achieving a BA in 1911. He is listed as being destined to remain at Borough Road College. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 16 November 1915 and was positioned aboard HMS Peel Castle as an interpreter of German and “Scandinavian’. He was 34 when he perished in a ship’s fire on 7 February 1916 off Deal, Kent.


Entry on p.85 [Roll of Honour page], Mentioned on Framed Borough Road College Roll of Honour, BFSS/2/9/4/1, Borough Road College 1900 applications, 1905 Annual Report, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission), also spelled as 'John Steel'