Lieutenant Colonel Noel Medway Loutit

Service number 2620, VX102781
Ranks Held Lieutenant Colonel, Major, Second Lieutenant, Brigadier
Birth Date 08 March 1894
Birth Place Australia: South Australia
Death Date 09 August 1983
Final Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Place South Australia
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-01
Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-21
Published in London Gazette in 1919-07-11
Published in London Gazette in 1917-12-28
Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-04
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-10-30
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-04-18
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Description

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

  • Honours and 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:

    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    04 June 1917 on page 5475 at position 30
    Commonwealth Gazette
    04 October 1917 on page 2626 at position 46
  • Honours and Awards:

    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
    04 October 1917 on page 2628 at position 6
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    01 June 1917 on page 5422 at position 123
    Commonwealth Gazette
    04 October 1917 on page 2624 at position 135
  • Honours and 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 (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
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    50th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    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
    Lieutenant Colonel

Timeline

Date of birth 08 March 1894
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 18 September 1914 Appointed second lieutenant in the 10th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 20 October 1914
Date promoted 01 February 1915 Appointed lieutenant.
Date promoted 09 November 1915 Appointed temporary captain.
Other units 1916-01-19 - 1916-02-26 Grenade officer attached to 3rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters.
Date promoted 20 February 1916 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 28 October 1916 Appointed major.
Date of recommendation honour or award 02 March 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 10 April 1917
Date of honour or award 01 June 1917 Mention in Despatches.
Date of honour or award 04 June 1917 Distinguished Service Order.
Date of honour or award 18 June 1917 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 18 April 1918 Mention in Despatches.
Date of recommendation honour or award 08 May 1918
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 02 September 1918 Appointed temporary lieutenant colonel.
Other units 02 September 1918 Commanding Offier, 45th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 06 October 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 08 October 1918
Date promoted 01 December 1918 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Date of recommendation honour or award 30 January 1919
Date of honour or award 11 July 1919 Mention in Despatches.
Other 09 January 1920 AIF appointment terminated.
Date of death 09 August 1983