Noel Medway (Kid Colonel) LOUTIT DSO+Bar, MiD

Badge Number: S12250, Sub Branch: Burnside
S12250

LOUTIT, Noel Medway

Service Numbers: Officer, VX102781
Enlisted: 18 September 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Brigadier
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: St Peters, South Australia, 8 March 1894
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Norwood Public School, South Australia and the South Australian School of Mines and Industries.
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Natural causes, Lynton, South Australia, 9 August 1983, aged 89 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Cremation - ashes -Charles Newman Gardens, Row RB, Path CN10
Memorials: SA Caledonian Society Soldiers Memorial WW1 Honour Board
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Peacetime

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia

World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Captain, 50th Infantry Battalion
28 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Major, 50th Infantry Battalion
2 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 45th Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne

Peacetime

9 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1

World War 2 Service

25 Jul 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Brigadier, SN VX102781

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, in laying out the jumping off tape under heavy shell and rifle fire. later, he took forward a machine gun and platoon, and opened a surprise burst of fire into the enemy, thus relieving the pressure at a critical time. He did not leave the line until the whole front was secure.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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Biography

Prior to enlisting in the AIF in 1914 Noel Medway Loutit had been studying engineering and was a junior officer in the South Australia Militia. He enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant and as an original member of the 10th Battalion (later referred to as the Fighting 10th) landed at Gallipoli as part of the covering force on 25 April 1915.  

As a 21 year old platoon commander he and his men were  among the earliest ashore and when to their great surprise they saw a man stumbling about on their flank they thought him to be a Turk. Fortunately the man, Major Miles Fitzroy Beevor OC A Company, who had earlier fallen out of a boat, was recognised by Loutit, who quickly stopped his men from bayoneting the 'lost Turk'.

Whilst some of the covering force assembled at Plugges Plateau after the landing, Loutit, in accordance with the commanders intent, pushed inland with some of his men, chasing Turks through Shrapnel Valley, then up the steep hillside to the second ridge. Loutit was for many years thought to have gotten furthest inland until Charles Bean on his Gallipoli Mission after the war discovered two of the battalion's scouts, Lance Corporal Philip Robin and Private Arthur Blackburn (later VC) had actually reached Scrubby Knoll from where they could see the Dardanelles; these two men got further inland on the first day than anyone else did during the Gallpoli campaign.

After Gallipoli, Loutit was transferred to the newly formed 50th Battalion and appointed adjutant. He later rose to command the 45th Battalion in September 1918 as a temporary Lieutenant Colonel but after being wounded in action later that month was evacuated to England for treatment. 

Upon his return to the front in December 1918 he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 45th Battalion until demobilisation began.

During WW2  Loutit  served as commander of No. 11 Central Australia Lines of Communication of C Sub area.

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