The Brydons

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Robert Crawford Steele, DSO

Male 1890 - 1958  (68 years)


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  • Name Robert Crawford Steele 
    Suffix DSO 
    Born 12 Apr 1890  Enniskillen Twp., Lambton Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 1917  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 2nd Lieutenant Robert Crawford STEELE; Royal Flying Corps, Special Reserve. DSO as per the London Gazette of 17 December 1917, Citation 23 April 1918:

      "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has done consistent good work in aerial fighting during eight months. On one occasion he brought down within our lines an enemy scout of the latest type, and, landing alongside it, made the enemy pilot a prisoner before he could destroy his machine."
    Died 9 Aug 1958  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Royal Oak Crematorium, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I547  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2015 

    Family Dr. Elizabeth McPhail,   b. 30 Sep 1892, Paisley, Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 11 Nov 1921  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 May 2010 
    Family ID F167  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Apr 1890 - Enniskillen Twp., Lambton Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 1917 - France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Nov 1921 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Aug 1958 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Royal Oak Crematorium, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "The Bristol Fighters of No. 111 Squadron soon demonstrated their powers, and the enemy formally made their acquaintainance on October 8th. Several Bristol Fighters were sent out that day to wait for the usual German reconnaissance and soon sighted two Albatros scouts. One of these was caught without chance of escape from the new and swifter British machines, and was shot down in the light horse lines. The pilot was unwounded, and the Albatros little damaged, was repaired by the Australian squadron's mechanics. The perfect running of its engine was greatly admired. The enemy's curiosity was aroused by the loss of this machine, and on October 15th three more Albatroses crossed the lines. British anti-aircraft gunners, a few minutes after opening fire on the enemy formation, observed it to be in violent commotion. A waiting Bristol Fighter, whose attention had been attracted by the anti-aircraft bursts, had attacked from the upper air. The German nearest to it was apparently thrown into convulsions. It looped and spun and performed a variety of manoeuvres to elude the Bristol Fighter; finally it went into a prolonged spin, one wing fell off, and it crashed into the ground. The victorious pilot proved to be the same airman, a Lieutenant Steele, from No.111 Squadron, who had shot down an Albatros a week earlier. He told an interesting story of the fight. He put the German's engine out of action in his first attack. The enemy fighter signalled the Bristol Fighter off and glided down as though to land. Steele stopped firing and flew earthwards alongside the Albatros, but noticed the enemy was gliding towards the Turkish lines, and signalled him to turn back. The German declined to turn. Steele's observer accordingly re-opened fire and shot off one of the Albatros's wings, which finished the dispute."
      [Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18. Vol VIII. The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War, 1914-1918 (11th edition 1941), Chapter VI - The Victory of Gaza, pp. 74-75]

      [Capt R.C. Steele DSO, RAF. Farmer of Birch Creek Saskatchewan, Canada. Born Enniskillen, Ontario, 12 April 1890]