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Lance Corporal J W Noble

Harrogate Herald - 22nd December 1915

J W Noble, of HMS Isis, writes : 

Have received your paper for a few weeks now, and wish to thank you very much for them. We are not allowed to say much, but I always enjoy a quiet hour reading your paper. I am very sorry to see Dr R Watson is dead, as he was my doctor. Well, I will close wishing you the merriest Xmas you can have at this trying time and a happy and prosperous New Year.
(We have attended to your address - Editor)

Harrogate Herald - 28th March 1917


Expressing his thanks through us to Miss Cooper for the chessmen she supplied, J W Noble, of the navy, says : You might give her my very best thanks for them, as I have had a few pleasant hours with them so far and hope to have a few more, as it is a game I take a deep interest in.

Harrogate Herald - 25th April 1917

W H Breare letter

Signalman J W Noble looked in on Monday. He is a son of Mr and Mrs Noble, of Crab Lane, Bilton. He was in to see me last January, and is now again on leave, [..] days, perhaps a little more. Noble was as well and jolly as ever. I was pleased to see him. You know these naval lads are silent chaps. They have plenty to tell, but they are not allowed. I've mentioned Douglas Lee, who was his chum. Lee, if you remember, went down in the Jutland Battle. Noble has been in the navy four years; prior to that he was in the grocery department of the Co-operative Stores in Harrogate.

Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

W H Breare letter

Owing to his boat, which was an auxiliary, having been torpedoed, my mariner friend Noble, of Crab Lane, Bilton, is home on ten days' leave, preparatory to joining another vessel. He is very well, and was glad to know his old chum Sergeant Coates had got the MM. He was looking forward to seeing his friend Private Beer, of the Canadians, who had been wounded, but was coming to England. Since I saw him last Noble has had plenty of adventures, but I cannot tell you anything about them.

Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918

W H Breare letter

My old naval friend, Signalman J W Noble, called on Friday. When he came he was not looking quite so cheerful as usual, though he had twelve days' leave. I gathered the explanation later. His ship has been torpedoed twice, and on the last occasion nine out of the ninety were lost. The captain and the navigator went down with the ship. I am not free to tell you all about it just now, but may be abler to do so later. I was glad to see Noble, and I hope able to cheer him up a bit, though he is not of the kind to remain long depressed.

Harrogate Herald 28th January 1920

Wednesday Gossip

Signalman J W Noble, of HMS Ambrose, writes :

Dear Mr Breare, Arrived at Hong Kong safe. The Chinese temples are very interesting places. Things are very much cheaper out here to what they are at home.

Harrogate Herald 27th October 1920

Wednesday Gossip

George Stephenson, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Stephenson, of Harrogate, gave me a call yesterday morning, having just returned from Hong Kong. He has had a unique experience, having made a voyage of 12,000 miles in a submarine. He is expecting to be demobilised soon. Noble, the sailor, who lives at Bilton, was returning at the same time, but got left behind at Port Said, and will arrive at Harrogate later.


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