b. 01/11/1892 Exeter, Devon. d. 04/01/1981 Winkleigh, Devon.
Steele was 26 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Navy serving with the North Russia Relief Force when 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 torpedoed the battleship Andrei Pervozanni at 100 yards range. He then manoeuvred the CMB in a very confined space to get a clear shot at the other battleship Petropavlosk before making for the safety of the bay.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: TRINTY HOUSE, TOWER HILL, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: ALL SAINTS NEW CEMETERY, WINKLEIGH, DEVON.
Gordon Steele's replica medals including his VC on display in the Reading Room at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London.