1st/5th (Buchan & Formartin) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Died 19th March 1917 age 20
Private H. Noble – Gordon Hrs.
This is Hendry Noble, born at Drumlausie, Kincardine O’Neil, on 19 March 1895. His parents were David Noble, Master Millwright and Engineer and a native of Midmar, and Elizabeth Hendry, born at Rayne. In 1901, at Drumlausie, Hendry aged 6 had four brothers, two sisters, and a half brother George Castle who was his father’s stepson. He resided in Aberdeen at the time of enlistment on 24 May 1918 in what became an amalgamated battalion of the 6th and 7th Gordon Highlanders (No. S/24067). In October 1918 the 6th and 7th Gordons became part of the 152nd brigade of the 51st Highland Division. That month they were deployed in operations on the Western Front in the advance towards Valenciennes. Noble was killed in action on 25 October 1918. The Aberdeen Evening Express on 11 November 1918 added a little detail: “Killed in action by the concussion of a shell, on 30 October 1918 [actually 25 October], Private Hendry Noble…fourth son of Mr and Mrs Noble, Drumlassie, Torphins”. He is buried at Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery.