Individual Record 190

Name}   Noble, Walter George Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa 1 Feb 1893 Place} Logan Twp., Perth, Ontario
Marr.: Date}   Place}      
Death: Date} Exa 8 Apr 1917 Place} Battle of Vimy Ridge, Pas de Calais, France
Burial: Date} 1917 Place} Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
  Grave Marker}  
Source 1}  70 = Interview
Source 2} 873 = Birth record
Source 3} 271 = Interview
Source 4} 880 = 1901 Can cen
Source 5} 881 = 1911 Can cen
Source 6} 187 = Photographs
Source 7} 848 = Military rec
Source 8} 852 = Military rec
Source 9} 1229=Newspaper
Source 10}1230=Newspaper
Source 11}853 = Newspaper
Parents: } James (Jim) Noble & Robena Campbell
   Relationship No.} 52
1st Household No.} 328 = Cranbrook, Grey Twp., Huron, Ontario
      Occupation 1} Soldier
       Occupation 2}  
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime}  
 Total Number of} 0
King George V Notes:  Walter, the oldest son of James and Robena Noble, was born 1 February 1893 in Logan Township, Perth County, Ontario.  At the time of his birth, his father owned Lot 27, Cons. 16, in Logan.&nbswp; His younger siblings were Walter (1893), Harvey (1896), Lena (1897), Stuart (1901), Ralph (1905), Jack (1908), and Jean (1910).  His father was a farmer. He grew up on the family farm in Cranbrook, Grey Township, where we find the family in the 1901 and 1911 Canada censuses.

Walter enlisted 19 Jun 1916 in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in World War I.  His service number was 654877.  His enlistment papers state that he was 5"4½" tall, of ruddy complexion, with blue eyes and brown hair.  As with all Canadian recruits, Walter swore his allegiance to His Majesty King George V.

Walter was sent to France, where he served as a Private in the 58th Battalion.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal.  On Christmas Day 1916 he wrote home to his parents about life in the trenches and some of his experiences.  Part of his letter tells of how wet and dirty the trenches are.  In part he writes Will and I spent our first afternoon in the trench putting France into sand bags.  We didn't get much done as it is very sticky mud.  We are a dirty happy bunch but they tell us we will get a bath when we get back to the billets.  It will be quite a luxury.  The only thing that provokes me most is having to take off my socks so often to wring the water out of them.  The next time rubber boots come up this way I sure will get a pair.

Walter died at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on Easter Sunday, 8 Apr 1917.  He was 24 years of age.  He is buried in grave V.C. 15, in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  The cemetery is located in the hamlet of Ecoivres, about 1.5 kilometers from Mont St Eloi, which stands on high ground overlooking the battlefields of Vimy and Souchez.

In 1936, King Edward VIII unveiled a towering memorial monument at Vimy Ridge, which was rededicated by Queen Elizabeth II in April 2007.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}  
Confirm. Date}   Photo(s)} Walter in 1912 Click to enlarge
Immigr'n Date}   Port}  
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service} Army                          for the State of} Canada
Health Condition}  
 Cause of Death} Killed in action
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   3 Jan 2014
Date Created}  28 Aug 1993
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