Captain James Steel

Biography of Captain James Steel

James Steel was born in Lanark on 18th April 1893, and was the only son of Mr and Mrs Daniel Steel. His father was a Grocer, and the family lived at 309 Golfhill Drive, in Dennistoun. James was educated at Whitehill School, which laid the foundations for his career in Medicine.

James joined the University of Glasgow in 1911, enrolling in the Faculty of Medicine. In his first year he took classes in Botany Zoology, Physics, and Chemistry, followed in his second year with classes in Anatomy and Physiology. In his third year he studied Materia Medica and Therapeutics, and Pathology, before taking classes in Surgery, Practice and Clinical Medicine, Midwifery, Medical Jurisprudence, and Public Health in his final two years. In his final year he also worked as a resident assistant at the Glasgow Eastern Hospital. He graduated on the 9th of October 1916, with a flawless student record.

Upon graduating, James gained a commission to the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the Royal Sussex. He was sent to France in November 1916, and promoted to Captain after only one year of service. He was wounded in August 1917 and March 1918, but refused to let this hinder him from treated the wounded. His dedication gained him the award of Military Cross "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty".

In August 1918 James was transferred to the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. While marching with his new regiment he was hit by a shell, and killed on 2nd September 1918.

Captain James Steel is buried at Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery in Haucourt, France. His gravestone reads "Faithful Unto Death" - words chosen by his father. He is remembered in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.


Captain James Steel
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps - 1st Somerset Light Infantry
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: Military Cross
Comments: Killed in action 2 September 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/869, 1232
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/272


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

University of Glasgow Registry Records - MED5/2/10, R8/5/33/7

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