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Thomas Steele
File:Thomas Steele VC.jpg
Born (1891-02-06)6 February 1891
Died 11 July 1978(1978-07-11) (aged 87)
Place of birth Springhead, Yorkshire, England
Place of death Springhead, Greater Manchester, England
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit The Seaforth Highlanders
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon Victoria Cross
Other work Rugby League player

Thomas Steele VC (6 February 1891 – 11 July 1978) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

VC actionEdit

He was 26 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders[1] (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 22 February 1917 near Sanna-y-Yat, Mesopotamia, at a critical moment when a strong enemy counter-attack had temporarily regained some of the captured trenches, Sergeant Steele helped a comrade to carry a machine-gun into position. He kept this gun in action until relieved and was mainly instrumental in keeping the rest of the line intact. Some hours later another counter-attack enabled the enemy to reoccupy a portion of the captured trenches and Sergeant Steele rallied the troops, encouraging them to remain in their trenches and leading a number of them forward, helped to re-establish our line. On this occasion he was severely wounded.[citation needed]

Rugby leagueEdit

Steele played three matches as a professional for Broughton Rangers, one of rugby league's founding clubs, and enjoyed a distinguished career as an amateur with his local club, Healey Street.[2]


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