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
Dictionary of Canadian Biography