NOBLE, Edmund Bruce

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Clinton, Ontario
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Age at Death
18 years 2 months
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:         2nd Canadian Infantry Division
                                             5th Infantry Brigade
                                             5th Canadian Brigade Machine Gun Company
                                             Canadian Machine Gun Corps
SERVICE NO:                   126036
RESIDENCE:                    Clinton - Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH:            February 4, 1899
                                             Colborne Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH:           April 5, 1917                        18 years 2 months
CEMETERY:                     Ecoivres Military Cemetery – Mont-St. Eloi –
                                             Pas de Calais – France
                                             VI     A     15
PARENTS:                         Mr. George and Louise Noble – Goderich - Ontario
Occupation:                        Labourer                               Religion:     Church of England
Enlistment:                         August 30, 1915 – Clinton into 71st Battalion
Enlistment Age:                 16 years     2 months

Before he left Canada, Private Noble transferred to the 36th Battalion. He left Canada bound for Liverpool on the S.S. Metagama and arrived overseas on November 29, 1915. He then transferred to the 86th Battalion later in June 1916 and then it was a transfer to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot. He went into France after transferring to the 5th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company and arrived there at the end of July 1916.
The enemy was very quiet but the Division artillery was very active. 
Following our research of the war diaries of the 5th Canadian Brigade Machine Gun Company and the 5th Infantry Brigade and of the files of Private Noble we have come to the conclusion that Private Noble was killed performing his military duties. He was killed as the Brigade carried out practice attacks for the upcoming attack.
Private Noble was killed in the line of duty in the vicinity of Neuville St. Vaast.