Biography of Private John Steel, (39331)
3rd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Died 9th October 1917


  • Name: John Steel
  • Date of birth: 1881
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1881
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: John Steel
  • DOB: 1844
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farm labourer


  • Name: Elizabeth Parker
  • DOB: 1840
  • Place Of Birth: Solo, London, England
  • Marriage: 15th May 1873 Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Catherine E Parker, 1866, Bourne
  • Ann Elizabeth Steel, 1874, Bourne Fen
  • Charlotte Steel, 1876 (Died 1876)
  • Maria Steel, 1878, Baston
  • John Steel, 1881, Baston

  • 1881: John is living with in his grandfather’s house with parents in Church Street, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1891: John is living with his parents in Church Street, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: John is living with his parents in Church Street, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: John is living with the Green family in Lincoln Lane, Metheringham, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 30 and he is listed as a labourer on farm.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for John has been found and we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • War Office Weekly casualty list November 27th 1917
    Steel 39331 J. (Rothley)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private John Steel, 39331 3rd/5th (T) Bn Lancashire Fusiliers was killed in action on 9th October 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left Too

  • Sister Maria White


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Baston, Roll of Honour in St John the Baptist Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private John Steel, 39331, 3rd/5th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers who died on 09 October 1917.
  • Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial
  • Panel 54 to 60 and 163A.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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