L Charles Steer I (1824-1858) was forced to fend for himself. After some youthful vicissitudes he joined a firm of screw manufacturers named Nettlefold, who were also Unitarians. In the course of time he married Martha Nettlefold, and had five children before he too succumbed to a tragically early death.
R Martha (d.1905) in old age. There does not appear an earlier photo of her.
Charles Steer II (1850-1906) left school at 14 to be apprenticed to the family firm, which had by now become Nettlefold & Chamberlain, joined a year later by his brother Edward. Both brothers adopted Anglicanism and after they had risen to prominence in 'the family firm' were among the leading industrial philanthropists in Birmingham, along with the Cadburys and the Chamberlains. In 1902 Charles negotiated a merger between Guest, Keen and Nettlefold, becoming the first Chair of the company now known as GKN. Now an established businessman he built a mansion at Bromsgrove to match his status, for which his wife Emily designed the furniture, but died shortly after completing it. His brother Edward [below] succeeded to the Chair
1900. Ethel and May are Charles II's sisters. Mildred, John, Charles III and Elsa are his children.
Charles Steer III (1880-1959) was a Wykehamist who followed the religious calling of his father. Serving as a curate under Rev Robert Whitcombe in Romford Essex from 1905 at some point he fell in love with the rector's daughter, 15 years his junior. From 1910-1915 Charles served as a missionary in S Africa, but then enlisted as an Army padre, earning the DCM for bravery in Flanders. He and Elizabeth /Betty (1895-1977) married in 1918.
Betty on holiday in Wales in 1935 with their children Charles IV (b1920), David (1924-1990), and Jane (b1928). Photo by Katharine (Kaffin) Whitcombe. Michael (1922-6) died in Palestine while Charles III was chaplain to the Bishop of Jerusalem.