Educated at Cranleigh School, he served with the Royal Engineers and Royal Horse Artillery. He lost an eye in his war service. After the war he qualified as a vet at the Royal Veterinary College, in Edinburgh and set up practice in Tamworth, Staffordshire. He was active in leading vets and co-founded the Society of Veterinary Practitioners, together with Sir Thomas Dalling.
In 1940, served as President of the British Veterinary Association 
- [ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)]
- "HENRY WILLIAM (HARRY) STEELE-BODGER, MRCVS : PRESIDENT NVMA – 1939-1941 : BIOGRAPHY" (PDF). Bva.co.uk. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- Obituary of Mary Brancker, the first female president of the British Veterinary Association), The Daily Telegraph, 31 July 2010.
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