Louisa Steinle was newly widowed when the war began . Her second son William who was working on the Minneapolis had died in a torpedoing in March 1916. Later that year John Christian Steinle enlisted in the RAMC (Woking) on 19/10/16. After what would have been a worrying time for Louisa he was discharged on 21/4/18.
After 2 years and 6 days he was deemed no longer physically fit
due to defective eyesight and discharged under Sect 392 (XVI).
received the Silver War Badge and did not serve overseas.
His mother was spared of more heartache as his four younger brothers were too young to enlist.