DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
58th Battalion - Central Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654877
RESIDENCE: Cranbrook – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: February 1, 1893
Logan Township – Perth County - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: April 8, 1917 24 years 2 months
CEMETERY: Ecoivres Military Cemetery – Mont-St. Eloi –
Pas de Calais – France
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PARENTS: Mr. James and Robina Noble – Brussels - Ontario
Occupation: Farmer Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: London – June 12, 1916
Enlistment Age: 23 years 4 months
On October 30, 1916 embarked from Canada and arrived in Liverpool on November 11, 1916.
On November 27th, he transfers to the 58th Battalion and joins them overseas in France on December 22, 1916.
Private Noble was killed while he and his Company were in the assembly trench prior to the beginning of an attack south of Souchez.
The winds were from the north-west at 8mph and it was clear and sunny.
The Battalion had stopped all its working parties and prepared to move into the line and they did then move up to Assembly Trench B which was located 150 yards west of the Bethune-Arras Road. They were at this location very early in the morning and they had to dig new trenches to protect themselves from the expected enemy bombardment. This had to be completed before first light.
The expected enemy artillery bombardment did come down on their positions and during the shelling one man was killed and we believe from our research that this fatality was Private Noble.
Shortly following the enemy artillery bombardment, the Brigade artillery opened up onto the enemy positions.