Biography

Birth date: 1883
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Enmore
Death date: 1930
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Manly
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 357 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Vivian Henry William Noble was born in the inner-Sydney suburb of Enmore in 1894. At the time the First World War broke out, he was living in Epping and working as a clerk. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to D Company, 3rd Battalion. The battalion sailed aboard HMAT Euripides from Sydney on 20 October 1914.

Noble served with the 3rd Battalion at Gallipoli and was amongst the last party of men in this battalion to leave Anzac Cove at 3am on 20 December 1915. Noble continued to serve with the same battalion on the Western Front, where he was promoted to corporal in November 1916. On 7 January 1917, he was attached to 1st Divisional Ordnance Corps and by April was serving with 1st Division Headquarters. In August 1917, he changed units again when he joined the Australian Divisional Army Ordnance Depot.

Noble was amongst the men who were granted special 1918 leave, and left France to return to Australia on 14 October 1918. Vivian Henry William Noble married Constance Knox in 1920 and lived at Manly until he died in a swimming accident in 1930 at the age of 36.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Digitised Collection

Diary of Vivian Henry Noble, 1914

Diary relating to the First World War service of 357 Private Vivian Henry Noble, 3rd Infantry Battalion. This diary covers the period from 17 August 1914 - 21 December 1914.

RCDIG0000263

Diary of Vivian Henry Noble, 1914 - 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of 357 Private Vivian Henry Noble, 3rd Infantry Battalion. This diary covers the period from 22 December 1914 - 11 May 1915.

RCDIG0000264

Diary of Vivian Henry Noble, 1915-1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 357 Corporal Vivian Henry Noble, 3rd Infantry Battalion. This diary covers the period from 11 May 1915 - 2 December 1916.

RCDIG0000265

Diary of Vivian Henry Noble, 1916-1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of 357 Corporal Vivian Henry Noble, Australian Army Ordnance Corps. This diary covers the period from 24 December 1916 - 21 December 1918.

RCDIG0000266

Private Record

Noble, Vivian Henry (Corporal, b.1883 - d.1930)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 357 Corporal Vivan Noble, 3 Battalion, Gallipoli and France. Collection consists of four original handwritten diaries, covering Noble's enlistment in August 1914 to his return to Australia in December 1918. The diaries are detailed and... Maker: Noble, Vivian Henry William

3DRL/2718 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1883
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of death 1930