I left this message here so long ago I just never thought I would get another reply. Thanks for your reply but a few months ago I got a reply regarding this post that confirmed for me that I had been pursuing the wrong Charles Steel so indeed the Veterinary Surgeon is my relation and not the other one. If you think there might be any further information about him you could find, please do email me again.
SOME INFO/NOTES: He is my great great great grandfather; he was indeed born in Norwich in 1831; he was married in 1853 to a farmers daughter, Frances Bedford, and I know he was listed in Harts or Hays around 1960, as having become a Lt Col in 1857 (I think) and he was also attached to the 16th lancers.
He was promoted several times in his career, I think, judging by some listings on the Times online.
He had about 4 or more children in the 1860's and 1870's. He served at Aldershot barracks where I think his son Edwin, my great great grandfather, was born at a barracks hospital or a nearby hospital.
Charles went onto retired pay in 1885.
He lived in Ireland from around that time I think for many years as he's not listed its seems on the 1891 or 1901 census.
He is later mentioned as being connected to an India board or organistion so there way well be records connected to India to do with service or work.
In birthday honours, his name is listed as one to be awarded an OBE in The Times, 1924.
If he did receive the award in that year then he died between 1924 and 1931 or later (meaning he would have been over 100!!) but I dont know when, because I can't find any record, so he may have died in Ireland so I can't access those records yet or he died in India but I have yet to find any record of his death.
Again, thanks for your reply and if you have any further info on Vet Lt Col Charles Edward Steel, it would be most appreciated.