Noble, Seymour

He was the second son of Major Harry Noble RAOC and Josephine Noble (daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Alexander Chermside); they lived at 73 The Close, Norwich.  He played for two years in College VI as a heavy-weight, and shot for the VIII at Bisley in his last two years. He was always an exceptionally keen member of the OTC and, when commanding College East platoon in his last year, brought them up to second place in the Drill Competition to win Bather Cup. He won a Kitchener Scholarship to New College, Oxford, and got a Second Class in Mathematical Moderations and a Second in Natural Science (Engineering).

Immediately after leaving school he obtained a commission in the Royal Norfolk Regiment (TA), and later, deciding to make the army his career, obtained a commission in the Royal Engineers.

On January 3rd 1940 he married (Madeline) Audrey Cole, daughter of the Reverend F.E. Cole, of The Close, Norwich; when he died he left a daughter, who was born in 1942.

In the war he saw service in France in 1939-1940 and got back safely from Dunkirk. Then he held an instructorship at the School of Military Engineering, Ripon, for a year, before being posted to the Middle East.

He was promoted to Major in January 1942, but was killed in September of that year by the explosion of a dump of mines in North Africa whilst serving in 51st (Highland) Division. Twenty-six when he died, he is buried in grave XXVII.G.18 of the El Alamein War Cemetery.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Noble
  • Forenames or initials: Seymour
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1930-1934
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: 276 Field Company, Royal Engineers
  • Date of Birth: 19th March 1916
  • Date of Death: 15th September 1942
  • How Died: Killed in an Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: El Alamein War Cemetery: Grave XXVII.G.18