Date of birth: 25th September 1914
Parents: George Frederick and Fanny Elizabeth Steel
Wife: Doris Steel nee Clarke
Address: 15 Guy Street, Warwick
Occupation: House Decorator
Jack was the youngest of a large family of nine children. His parents George and Fanny had married in 1892. First born was Ethel (1892-1966) followed by Nellie (1894-), Richard (1895-1969), Frederick Ernest (1898-1977), Iris Beatrice (1906-1998), Maxwell (1908-2000), Louise (1910-2003), Molly (9`3-2001) and finally Jack on 25th September 1914.
The 1911 Census shows us that the family lived at 35 Cherry Street, where Jack’s parents were still living at the time of the 1939 Census. At that time Jack was living at 15 Cherry Street with his wife Doris. His brother, Maxwell and his wife Florence were living next door at number 17.
Jack’s mother Fanny died in January 1943, just seven months before Jack. Our Warwick Advertiser excerpt tells us that Jack and Doris had a little girl, Linda.
Jack’s daughter, Linda Nelson has written to us: “My parents married at St Nicholas Church Warwick in September 1939 and my father was then called up a few months later. I was born in January 1943 and my father was killed in the August. Unfortunately my father did not see me. My mother carried a torch for my father until her death”
Rank & Number: Fusilier, 7044644
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers
Brigade/Division: 210th Independent Infantry Brigade
Date of death: 5th August 1943
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action in Sicily
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on the Cassino Memorial, Italy. Panel 11
Commemorated locally at:
Jack is commemorated at the Monte Casino Memorial in Rome – his daughter Linda writes:
” … as my father does not have a known grave in Sicily my mother had a headstone in Warwick Cemetery in his memory. As a child we went to the Cemetery in all weathers to tend the grave – no car. I have been to the War Graves Cemetery in Catania Sicily as there are a lot of unknown soldiers graves. My husband and I took my Mum to the War Graves Cemetery at Monte Casino Italy to see the book of Remembrance and the plaque which bears my father’s name.”
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
- Photo graphs and family story with kind permission of Linda Nelson, Jack’s daughter