Steele, Philip John Rupert (Lieutenant, b.1889 - d.1917)

Accession Number AWM2016.587.12
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter, Souvenir
Maker Steele, Henry Cyril Augustus
Steele, Philip John Rupert
Place made Australia, France, United Kingdom
Date made 1916-1917
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of 6416 Lieutenant Philip John Rupert 'Ru' Steele, 4th Australian Artillery Brigade, France, Australia, and United Kingdom, 1916-1917.

Collection consists of 14 letters relating to the period immediately proceeding and following the death of Lt Steele. The first letter is written by Lt Steele on 17 June 1916 and discusses a gas attack in France during the night. In addition, there are 7 letters written by his brother, Cpl Henry Cyril Augustus Steele. These letters are written to their mother and father and discuss his brother's medical condition. Six of these letters are dated prior to Lt Steele's death, with one immediately following. Mixed into the letters written by Cpl Steele, are three written by Lt Steele, also to their parents. These also relate to his health. Also included is a letter offering condolences from Dvr J J Gray to the Steeles' mother, dated April 1917.

The final two letters are official letters expressing condolences to the Steele family from the King and Queen, and Kew Town Council.

Also included in the collection are an empty envelope addressed to the Steeles' father, P J Steele, and an envelope with four newspaper cuttings relating to a tie pin that was lost by Mr Lock in 1935, and a new one being sent to him by Queen Mary's secretary.