Petty Officer John Noble

Petty Officer John Tinline Noble, Royal Naval Patrol Service. He was lost at sea due to enemy action on 25th September 1943, aged 33, and is commemorated on the Lowestoft Naval Memorial. ( The C.W.G.C.. site has his rank as Engineman ).He was the son of William and Mary Jane Noble of Galashiels and the husband of Janet Scott Noble also of Galashiels. An Obituary inserted in the “Southern Reporter” states that it was inserted by his family from Ormiston Mains, Roxburgh. It read ” Each future period that will bless, As it has blessed the past; He loved us from the first of time, He loved us to the last “.  His ship was the H.M.T. ” Franc Tireur” a trawler hired by the Admiralty in 1940 as an Armed Auxiliary Patrol Vessel and Minesweeper. She was torpedoed and sunk South of No. 52 buoy, Harwich by a German E-Boat with 15 crew lost.  ( The trawler of 314 tonnes was commanded by Lieutenant William Boyd and had been built by Cochrane & Sons and launched  in 1916 ).

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