Lieutenant Colonel Noel Medway Loutit

Service Numbers 2620,VX102781
Birth Date 08 March 1894
Birth Place Australia: South Australia
Death Date 09 August 1983
Final Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 18 April 1918 on page 843 at position 124
London Gazette 28 December 1917 on page 13566 at position 49

Noel Medway Loutit had been an engineering student before enlistment in 1914. He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 as a 21 year old platoon commander in the 10th Battalion. Whilst some troops assembled at Plugges Plateau after the advance landing, he rushed on with some of his men chasing Turks through Shrapnel Valley, then up the steep hillside to the second ridge. Loutit was one of few Australians who saw the Dardanelles during the campaign. Many of the men, like Loutit, dashed up Plugges Plateau, thinking they could easily make their way to Baby 700. But they were stopped by a thin razorback the men could not walk along; instead, they had to make their way through the scrub, down into Shrapnel Valley and then up again to Russells Top, taking over an hour to go what appeared to be a short distance on the maps.

After Gallipoli, Loutit was transferred to the newly formed 50th Battalion and appointed adjutant. He later rose to command the 45th Battalion in September 1918 as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in December 1918. During his service he was mentioned in despatches three times and awarded the Distinguished Service Order and bar. During the Second World War Loutit again enlisted serving as commander of No. 11 Central Australia Lines of Communication of C Sub area.

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    Place of Embarkation
    Adelaide
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ascanius A11
    Date of Embarkation
    20 October 1914
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    4 June 1917 on page 5475 at position 30
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2626 at position 46
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Bar to Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    Distinguished Service Order
    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    21 June 1917 on page 5980 at position 3
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2628 at position 6
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    1 June 1917 on page 5422 at position 123
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2624 at position 135
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    11 July 1919 on page 8832 at position 65
    Commonwealth Gazette
    30 October 1919 on page 1660 at position 4
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    28 December 1917 on page 13566 at position 49
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 843 at position 124
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    30 January 1919
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    02 March 1917
    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Brevet Major
    Classification
    Brevet/temporary/honorary/promotions in rank
    Date of Recommendation
    06 October 1918
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Honorary Captain
    Classification
    Brevet/temporary/honorary/promotions in rank
    Date of Recommendation
    08 October 1918
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Brevet Captain
    Classification
    Brevet/temporary/honorary/promotions in rank
    Date of Recommendation
    08 May 1918
    Unit
    13th Australian Training Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    10 April 1917
    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    13th Australian Training Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-03-08
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1914-09-18 Appointed second lieutenant in the 10th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date promoted 1915-02-01 Appointed lieutenant.
Date promoted 1915-11-09 Appointed temporary captain.
Other units 1916-01-19 - 1916-02-26 Grenade officer attached to 3rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters.
Date promoted 1916-02-20 Appointed captain.
Other units 1916-02-26 - 1916-03-01 50th Battalion.
Other units 1916-03-01 - 1917-08-20 Adjutant, 50th Battalion.
Date promoted 1916-10-28 Appointed major.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-03-02
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-04-10
Date of honour or award 1917-06-01 Mention in Despatches.
Date of honour or award 1917-06-04 Distinguished Service Order.
Date of honour or award 1917-06-18 Bar to Distinguished Service Order.
Other units 1917-08-20 - 1917-10-29 Temporary Commanding Officer of 51st Battalion.
Other units 1917-10-29 - 1918-05-09 Commanding Officer of 13th Training Battalion.
Date of honour or award 1918-04-18 Mention in Despatches.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-05-08
Other units 1918-05-09 - 1918-07-29 50th Battalion.
Other units 1918-07-29 - 1918-09-02 Attached to 3 Squadron, AFC for liaison course.
Date promoted 1918-09-02 Appointed temporary lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1918-09-02 Commanding Offier, 45th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-10-06
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-10-08
Date promoted 1918-12-01 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-01-30
Date of honour or award 1919-07-11 Mention in Despatches.
Other 1920-01-09 AIF appointment terminated.
Date of death 1983-08-09

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