World War 1

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Alexander Noble




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Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/7th Battalion Territorial Force



Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper

Service History:
Enlisted at Alnwick, Northumberland in September 1914.

Served with the Expeditionary Force in France. Noble was reported wounded & missing after the fighting at St. Julien during the Second Battle of Ypres, 26 April 1915, & presumed to have been killed in action on that day.
(Source: 'UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-18'; Part 2; Page 238)

Born 26 January 1881, at Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, the son of the late John Noble (b. about 1849; in Scotland; a Boot & Shoe Maker) & his wife, Jeanette (Jessie) Christie Noble (b. about 1853; in Scotland).

Educated at St. John's Church of England School, Spittal.

Six siblings: Mary S. (b. about 1880; in Scotland; a Schoolmistress); Jessie Jane (b. about 1883; in 1901, a Dressmaker); Margaret P. (b. about 1884); George Croll (b. about 1876; in 1901, an Apprentice Cabinet-Maker); John Roderick (b. about 1877; in 1891, an Apprentice Printer); & Charles Norman (b. about 1884). Apart from Mary S. Noble, all were born at Spittal.

By 1911 Noble's parents had died & he was Head of the Household living at 24 Shieldfield, Tweedmouth, Northumberland. Four of his siblings lived with him - Mary; Jessie; Maggie; & Charles (a Linotype Operator). All were single.

Pre-war occupation: Grocer in the employ of Tweedside Industrial Co-operative Society.

Noble was Organist & Choir Master of the Wesleyan Church, Berwick.
(Sources include: 'UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-18'; Part 2; Page 238)

One of two sons lost: see, also, Sergeant Charles Norman Noble (Regimental service #35287; Northumberland Fusiliers 10th (Service) Battalion; Died 10 June 1917).

Local Memorial:
Alnwick, Northumberland Fusiliers Book of Remembrance, now in the Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle Spittal, Altar, Reredos, etc., in the Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist Spittal, Memorial Plaque in Spittal Council School (Sourc