Known information

John Henry Steele was the son of Amon and Charlotte Steele and was born in North Luffenham in 1896. He was a cousin of Hugh Steele of Exton and James Leonard Steele, who is buried in North Luffenham churchyard, as John's grandfather was the brother of their grandfather. His father Amon died in his thirties before the war, and John's mother Charlotte remarried and the family moved to Northamptonshire. John Henry was known as Harry and joined 6th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Little more is known about his war service, except that he died fighting in Belgium on 26 June 1916 and is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, grave III.B.17. He is not remembered on any war memorial in Rutland.

With thanks to Ken Plant and the Steele family for sharing information about John Henry Steele.

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A picture of his headstone, taken on a visit to the cemetery 28 February 2016.
By John Stokes on Sunday 28th February '16 at 4:52pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
This is a picture of my great uncle John Henry Steele (Harry). We have only just identified him from photos left by my grandmother (his younger sister Doris Eva Steele). I am glad to be able to post his picture here, a 100 years on from the end of the war
By Susannah on Sunday 4th November '18 at 5:22pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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