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STEEL / STEELE – James Royal Artillery 4th Battery

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Royal Artillery Badge
NameSTEEL / STEELE – James
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 4th Battery
Regiment Number (s) 1200
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th August 1835 / 17 years 9 months / Woolwich Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fair / Hazel / Dark brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 4 years 215 days
Length of Service21 years 218 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 11th August 1857 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1857 Woolwich
1859 – March 1862 Western Australia
April 1862– December 1862 South Australia
1863 New Zealand
Pension Paid8d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
28th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birth5th November 1817 / Woolwich Kent England
Date/Place of Baptism9th November 1817 Scots Church Woolwich Kent England
Date/Place of Birth
STEEL Thomas
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Priscilla
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Did not marry
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNo references found
Departure from Western
Departed early in 1862 for South Australia: not clear when and by which ship
Date/Place of Death/Burial1865 Auckland New Zealand
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationJames Steel was baptised at the Scots Church. Woolwich, Kent on 9 November 1817. His father is given as Thomas Steel of the Barrack’s Master Department, Woolwich and his mother Priscilla Steel.
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 James Steel Gunner and Driver 4th Batt Royal Artillery location Woolwich
1851 James Steel Gunner and Driver Royal Artillery 4th Batt 6th Company location Charlemont Ireland.
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and pains in limbs and back.
James Steele received various promotions during his military career but was always subsequently reduced in rank due to drunkenness.