James Steele

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James Steele General Sir James Stuart Steele GCB KBE DSO MC LLD (26 October 1894 – 24 July 1975) was Adjutant-General to the Forces. Born in Ballycarry, County Antrim and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and at Queen's University, Belfast, James Steele was gazetted as a temporary second lieutenant in the Royal Irish Rifles in September 1914 and posted to the 7th Battalion. He served in France from 1915 to 1917. He served at the battles of Messines, Somme and at Passchendaele. He was given a regular commission in June 1916. He was mentioned in despatches in April 1917 and was awarded the MC in August 1917. Steele served the rest of the War in India and was mentioned in despatches again. He attended the Staff College in Quetta, India in 1926. He was promoted to brevet Colonel and commanded the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters from 1937 to 1939: the Regiment was deployed to Jamaica in 1937 and to Palestine 1939. He was promoted to Colonel in 1939. In July 1939 Steele was posted to the mobilization branch of the War Office Staff. He signed the executive signal for the mobilization of the army. He took over command of 132nd Infantry (Surrey and Kent) Brigade in November 1939.  ( Wikipedia article )


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