John Henry NOBLE

NOBLE, John Henry

Service Number: 6307
Enlisted: 19 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brownlow, South Australia, 19 October 1893
Home Town: Bower, Goyder, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Suicide (found hanging), Eudunda, South Australia, 5 November 1935, aged 42 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Bower War Memorial, Eudunda Arch Gates
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6307, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6307, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6307, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
30 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 6307, 10th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Wounded SN 6307, 27th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Tragedy of War

John Henry Noble, and his mates Norman Edwin and Harold JamesFisher/Fischer enlisted  in 1916.

What sad lives these men led...... all three were were farm labourers and as third generation Australians of German descent with drought, rising inflation and xenophobia, finding work would have been so extremely difficult that enlistement must have been seen as the best option

Harold disappeared in September 1917 during the Paschendaele offensive, Norman was severely wounded in action in November 1916 and John in 1917; after surviving the horrors of the Western Front both returned to Australia changed men.

John Noble married Norman’s sister and both men later applied for and were granted  soldier settlement blocks. They worked extremely hard to carve out farms on their blocks then but as a result of the Great Depression they lost their farms in the early 1930s. In 1935 John hung himself in Norman’s barn.

His nephew (my father - died 2012) was a 15 year old when he found his uncle John’s body hanging in the barn. My father would not talk about much of this.

Clearly John felt his only option was suicide where as Norman, with WW2 approaching, chose enlistment again as the path to survival.

Upon re-enlistment Norman was posted to Loveday internment camp near Barmera South where is duties were to guard POW and Internees.

(For more information about Loveday Camp see link) 

Following the war Norman moved into a rental house in Kapunda and  then in 1947, like his brother-in - law John , and so many other returned men, he took his life by throwing himself into a a ‘dam’ diagonally across from his home. - Robert Fisher

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