Steep War Memorial

War Memorial, Steep

The memorial at Steep is quiet and unobtrusive, set back from the road on a quiet turning. It consists of a stone built, roofed tower structure with a simple engraved plaque, containing the names of 54 men of Steep, including the poet Edward Thomas, who gave their lives during the First World War. Of these names, there are several “repeats”, that is to say, names that appear more than once, and of these although others may be distantly related, two have been discovered to come from the same direct family. These are:

Frederick and William EADE
Frederick Eade was born in 1886, and like his brother William, who was six years younger, worked before the war as a domestic gardener, living with their parents at 53 Rushes Road, Petersfield. Both brothers joined the 14th Hampshire Regiment and went to fight at the front. William, the younger of the two was the first to die, on 3rd September 1916 and he is buried at the Ancre British Cemetery at Beaumont-Hamel. His older brother, Frederick died on 11th December 1916 at Wimereux, near Boulogne (which probably means he died from wounds inflicted on the battlefield, Wimereux being the site of a major First World War hospital).

Alan and Arthur HEALEY
Alan Healey was born in 1888, the son of William Healey and his wife Martha, who lived at “Mabledon” Tilmore Gardens, Petersfield. He was married to Elizabeth Jane Healey and they lived together at 34 Greenway Cottages, Tiverton, Devon. When the First World War was declared, Alan Healey enlisted as a private with the 10th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment and, following his training, was sent to Gallipoli, where he arrived on 5th August 1915. Five days later, he was killed in action and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. Alan’s younger brother, Arthur Wilfred Healey was born on 21st October 1898 and was only seventeen years old when he enlisted in the 14th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. He was sent to France on 5th March 1916 where he saw action on the Somme and at Passchendaele the following year, rising through the ranks to become a sergeant. Despite still only being nineteen years old, Arthur was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 26th February 1918 and was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. He was killed in action during the Second Battles of the Somme on 1st September 1918 and is buried at Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, near Bapaume.