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Full Name: William Edward Steel
Rank Last Held: Lance Corporal
Forename(s): William Edward
Surname: Steel
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 26279
Gender: Male
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: New Zealand Infantry Brigade
Campaigns: Western Desert
Last Unit Served: 24 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Western Desert
Date of Death: 22 July 1942
Age at Death: 31
Year of Death: 1942
Memorial Name:
  • Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Memorial Reference: Column 102.
Biographical Notes:
  • William Steel was the son of James and Annie Sangster Otton Steel, of Gisborne, New Zealand.
  • Mrs A. Steel, Gisborne listed as next of kin in the Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour
Description of Image: Portrait, Weekly News
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
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