William Watson Steer is the brother of Charles Steer, Sulivan Harington Steer, Jane Dunkin
Steer, Eliza Steer and Susan Mainwaring Steer. His father was Charles William Steer and
his mother was Jane Woodburne Watson.
The following is from "List of the Officers of the Begal Army" by Hodson
STEER, William Watson(1813-1842) Lieutenant,37th N.I. b. Ghazipur 19 June 1813. Cadet
1829. Arrived in India 1 May 1830. Ensign (11Dec 1829) 23 Mar. 1830. Lieut.27 Oct. 1838.
d.Jagdalak Pass 12 Jan. 1842: Kld. in action during the retreat from Kabul.
bapt. Monghyr 31 Oct. 1813. Son of Charles William Steer, B.C.S., and Jane Woodburne his
wife. Brother of Sulivan Harington Steer,q.v. Addiscombe Cadet 1828-9.
Services: d.d. 63rd.N.I. 10 may 1830: do.72nd.N.I. 17 Dec 1831; Actg. Ensign 16 Jul.1832;
posted to 25th N.I. 20Aug. 1833; transfd.to 37th N.I. 11 Oct 1833. Leave s.c. to Simla 20
Jan 1835 till 29 Jan. 1836. First Afghan War 1838-42; Ghazni 1839 (Medal) ; action in
Khyber Pass 22 Nov. 1839; Actg.Adjt. Left Wing 37th N.I. 8 Apr. 1840; outbreak at
Kabul;comdd.a Coy.37th N.I. in storm and capture of Kila-i-Muhammad Sharif, nr.Kabul,6Nov.
1841; retreat from Kabul (Kld.); Lieut.37th N.I.
Other people either with Steer as a surname or middle name who are also mentioned in
Hodsons Index are :-
Sulivan Harington Steer ( brother to William Watson Steer )
William Frederick Steer ( uncle to William Watson Steer)
Frederick Wiltshire Steer Chapman
Robert Steer Allen
There were lots of other Steers in India apart from the above but so far I have not had
time to go to the British Library and search through the East India Co. records. They
Calvert Dunbar Steer
Henry Rattray Hall Steer
William Henry Steer ( He became an Indigo Planter and is a brother to William Frederick
Steer) married Susanne Elizabeth .I can not find any children for them and there is no
mention of any in his will.)
Edmund Calvert Steer
Edward Steer Kennet Dawson