NOBLE, Ralph William

Known as: 
Ray
Rank: 
Lieutenant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Durham Light Infantry
Service number: 
265916
Honours & Awards: 

Lieutenant Ralph Noble was awarded the MC in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma.
 
Citation
"ARAKAN - On 23 Mar 44 during 5 Commando's attack on the Spur at 383348 Lt Noble was sent out with one Sub Sec to evacuate the wounded who were lying in an open stretch of paddy, swept by enemy M.G. fire. Lt Noble went forward alone carrying a stretcher. He found Capt Kerr lying wounded on the ground and carried him back on the stretcher with the help of Pte Glenister who, as Capt. Kerr's batman, had remained with his officer.
 
Lt Noble went forward alone five times and evacuated all the wounded by carrying them on his back. On each occasion this officer had to move in full view of the enemy and was exposed to heavy MMG fire and sniping.
 
Lt Noble displayed throughout complete devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety."
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36574, page 2962.
National Archives file WO/373/32.
 

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