David Sim NOBLE

Badge Number: S78102, Sub Branch: Broken Hill, NSW

NOBLE, David Sim

Service Number: 12648
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 11th Field Ambulance
Born: Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 1884
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shift Boss, Zinc Plant, Broken Hill
Died: Natural Causes, Adelaide, 1963
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: KO, Road: 19A, Site No: 60
Memorials: Prospect Roll of Honour G-Z WWI Board, Silverton IOOF WW1 Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1916: Involvement Sergeant, SN 12648, 11th Field Ambulance
31 May 1916: Embarked Sergeant, SN 12648, 11th Field Ambulance, HMAT Suevic, Adelaide

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David Noble enlisted in Adelaide, but lived in Broken Hill. He was apointed to the Austrlian army Medical Corps and lefy Adelaide as a sergeant with the 11th field Ambulance in May 1916.

By November (at the beginning of the particularly bitter winter that year) he was in France. Until October 1917, he wasoften at advanced RAP posts in charge of stretcher bearers.  At the Battle of Messines Ridge, the Ambulance diary records, 'no carry for stretcher bearers was under 2 miles over shell-turned and trackless ground', nd often done with gas maasks on.

During the 3rd Battle of Ypres, David wascrecommended for a Military Medal. His recommendation read. 'On 31 July, near Messines, was at an advanced RAP in charge of stretcher bearers from 4.30 pm until 11am on 1 August. He twice went with casualties under severe fire to the Relay Post nd by his example of coolness and courage, set a splendid example to his men.'

In early October, with a major offensive being launched at Broodseine Ridge, and the certainty of significant casualties, Sgt Noble was seconded to the 9th Field Ambulance. On 11 October, he suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm and evacuated to England, from where he was returned to Australia, arriving March 1918.

David returned to Broken Hill, where he became a pillar of the community, serving as alderman and President of the School Parents & Citizens. For a while in the 1930's he became licensee of the Returned Soldier's Hostel in Broken Hill.

He died in 1963. He was still on the electoral roll in Broken Hill, but died in Adelaide and is buried in the AIF Section of the West Terrace Cemetery