Noel, Gerard Baptist
‘Nolly’ Noel was the only son of Evan Baillie Noel (E1892-1898) and Martha Deane Noel, daughter of R. Deane Sweeting MD, amateur Rackets champion, who was Secretary at Queen’s Club; as a result, Gerard and his sister Susan had every opportunity of becoming proficient at ball games. The family home was 17 Solent Road, Hill Head, Fareham, Hampshire.
He was entered at birth for Morshead’s and the MCC, and came to Mr. R.L.G. Irving’s House in Common Time 1929. He was a valuable member of Commoner VI in 1932 and 1933. In 1934 he was Captain of “Princes” and did much to win Hawkins Cup for his House.
He went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1934, and took Honours in History in 1937. He played in the winning University Squash Rackets team against Oxford. Although he failed to reach Championship standard for men at Squash, he could always beat his sister, who was at that time in a class by herself amongst ladies, and, until she retired, always won the Ladies Amateur Championship.
On leaving Cambridge he went into the coal firm of Charrington, Lockhart & Gardner.,
On the outbreak of war his Territorial unit, 35 (1st Surrey Rifles), Anti-Aircraft Battalion RE (TA), were mobilized although the following couple of years saw them re-designated several times. In March 1942 the unit re-roled yet again, this time becoming 129 (1st Surrey Rifles) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA.
Noel sailed for South Africa on February 21st 1943 – though the Surrey Rifles appear to have stayed in England – and died in Addington Hospital, Durban, on March 30th. He was twenty-seven years of age. He is buried in grave F.338 of the Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery.
- Surname: Noel
- Forenames or initials: Gerard Baptist
- House: E
- Years in School: 1929-1934
- Rank: Lieutenant
- Regiment: Royal Artillery
- Date of Birth: 27th November 1915
- Date of Death: 30th March 1943
- How Died: Died on Active Service
- Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery: Grave F.338