Steele, Gordon Charles

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GORDON CHARLES STEELE (V.C)

Steele served on H.M.S Royal Oak at the Battle of Jutland as a Lieutenant. Later, when he was 27 years old, and serving with the North Russia Relief Force, the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 18 August 1919 at Kronstadt, Russia, Lieutenant Steele was second-in-command of Coastal Motor Boat 88. Steele's boat became illuminated by an enemy searchlight. Very heavy machine gun fire followed immediately, the Captain being killed and the boat thrown off course. A British aircraft saw the problem, dived on the searchlight and put it out with gunfire. Lieutenant Steele took the wheel and steadied the boat, lifting the dead officer away from the steering and firing position, and successfully torpedoed the battleship Andrei Pervozvanny at 100 yards range. He then manoeuvred the CMB in a very confined space to get a clear shot at the other battleship Petropavlovsk before making for the safety of the bay.

He later achieved the rank of Captain and served in the Royal Navy during World War II.

via Clive Gilbert