It is with regret that we announce the passing of another one of ours. A true gentleman and soldier.
James “Jim” Steele came from a family of servicemen (his father James and uncle Owen served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the First World War). Jim joined the Newfoundland Regiment in October 1943 at the age of 19. He completed his basic training at Shamrock Field in St. John’s before being posted to an artillery draft.
In May 1944 he and other volunteers went overseas to Liverpool, England. They trained in the north of England and Cromer before being posted to the 59th (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery in Norwich. Corporal/Bombardier Jim Steele eventually caught up with the Regiment just outside of Hamberg, Germany. There, he was put in charge of a police station where he dealt with prisoners and displaced persons.
Watch the Kicker interview with Jim Steele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TOLWBYoQ34
He was described in his service testimonial as “a very good type of man who could be relied upon. Honest and temperate in his habits.”
Stand down soldier, your duty is done.
*photo taken from the Kicker interview video