Despite many hours of research it proved impossible to find any trace of a John Steele with any attachment to West Haddon nor any military records which indicated an attachment to West Haddon. A search of the Absentee Voters’ List of 1919 examined during a visit to the Northampton Records Office earlier this month revealed that his military number was 020594, his rank Private and that he served with the 50th Bus Company ASC MT.
Based on this additional information I was able to trace him through his military record.
John Henry Steele was born about 1890 in Bala, North Wales. He joined the military on 26th November, 1914 on a Short Service Attestation. His residence was given as Batsford Park, Moreton -in Marsh. He was allocated to the 50th Auxiliary Omnibus. On 5th December, 1914 he sailed on SS Eddystone for Rouen, France.
On 8th December, 1915 he married Mary West at the Parish Church, Egham. They subsequently lived at 33 Crown Street, Egham
He was posted for “disposal” on 25th May, 1915.
There is no indication, anywhere of any attachment to West Haddon other than the Absentee Voters’ List. If anyone has any knowledge of how John Steele may have been linked to the village please contact a member of the research team.
(Jim Blakey 11th March 2017)