CEF Soldier Detail

Major-General Samuel Benfield Steele
Died: January 30, 1919

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Imperial Forces
Regiment:
Southeastern District, United Kingsom
Battalion:
All Troops, Southeastern District
Company:
General Officer Commanding
Place of Birth:
Medonte, Simocoe County, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Wife; Marie Elizabeth Harwood Steele, 25 Grimstone Gardens, Folkestone, Kent, England
Address at Enlistment:
Suite 6, Pasadena Court, Fort Rouge, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of Birth:
January 5, 1848
Trade or Calling:
Soldier
Marital Status:
Married
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of Enlistment:
August 8, 1914
Age at enlistment:
66
Height:
6 Feet Inches
Chest:
45 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Great Britain    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
January 30, 1919
Age at Death:
71
Buried at:
St. John's Anglican Cathedral Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 1Box 9258-30
Research Notes

Death Card found here  

Source (jayelbee additions):  LAC files

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Major-General Southeastern District, United Kingsom All Troops, Southeastern District General Officer Commanding
Colonel Canadian Infantry M.D. No. 10 Depot Commanding Officer
Major-General Canadian Infantry 2nd Division General Officer Commanding

Date of birth on attestation papers: 5 January, 1852. Birth certificate gives date as 5 January 1848 (Source Murray Cayley, The Beaver Magazine, August-September 2008 P.56)

Attestation papers give enlistment as January, 1916, although Steele served with the Permanent Force from 1907and had joined the 35th Simcoe Battalion of Infantry in 1866 to serve in the Fenian Raids.   He was appointed Colonel and CO of 13th Military District, Alberta.  In 1910 he was transferred to command Military District 10 at Winnipeg and was in that position when war was declared as a Brevet Colonel. Sam Steele was a 1910 Baden Powell appointed Boy Scout Commissioner for Western Canada.

1914: Responsible for training in Western Canada as a Brigadier General

1915: In charge of 2nd Contingent until they deployed to France as a Major General

1916-March 1918 commanding officer of the Southeastern District of England as a Major General

!918- Knighted by King George 5

Retired 27 July 1918.

Died in England of Influenza  30 Jan 1919

Buried in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wikipedia entry

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Awards and Decorations
Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
TypeDateDescription
Newspaper Extract 1/30/1919 General Sir Sam Steele, Noted Canadian soldier, Dies in England Today