In the twentieth century, it was the effects of World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945) that had the greatest impact on life in the village of Steep.
Before then, the English Civil War, the Crimean War, the Napoleonic Wars and the Boer War would all have had an effect on, or involved members of certain Steep families. The more recent Afghanistan War claimed one life from Steep in 2010.
There are three memorials in Steep to those who died in World War I. Each contains a slightly different listing of names:
- The World War I memorial on the corner of Mill Lane and Church Road. This was one of the earliest to be erected in the UK. It was unveiled on 6th December 1918.
- The WWI memorial at Steep church which was installed in 1920.
- Steep War Memorial Village Hall was completed in 1922. It contains a Roll of Service naming all those who served, as well as those who died.
The book ‘Steep Roll of Honour’ by David Erskine-Hill pub 2017 gives details of all the 54 men listed on the three Steep WWI memorials and their family backgrounds. Available £10 from Petersfield Museum and from firstname.lastname@example.org
The house named Coldhayes was used as an auxiliary hospital during WWI, see separate entry in Buildings section, also the entry for Sir William and Mary Kelly of The Knolls, Steep.
The magnificent Bedales Memorial Library was built 1919-1921 as a memorial to the 64 Old Bedalians from the school who died in WWI. See the history section of the Bedales School website for details. The book ‘Bedales School, the First Hundred Years’ by Roy Wake and Pennie Denton pub 1993 Bedales School Ltd. gives details of the building of the library.
Steep churchyard contains Commonwealth War Graves. A memorial to those men who died in World War II is in Steep church. It was erected in 1945.
Steep House played a prominent role in WWII as a rest and recuperation home for sailors of the Free French Forces. See separate entry for the Free French in Steep in WWII.
Collyers House was a maternity home in WWII, specifically for those who were evacuated from the Portsmouth areas. It was also available for the use of some locals. See separate entry for Collyers and the Shuttleworth family in the Buildings section.
Click/hover over the pictures at the base of this page to read articles on:
Remembrance the Names of Those who Died
Coldhayes and WWI
Names of those from Steep who returned from WWI inc pictures of Steep Memorial Village Hall
The Free French in Steep in WWII
Steep in 1945 and in the period around the end of WWII
Free Dutch Sailors in Steep in WWII