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Noble Douglas Theodore



The following information and Photo was supplied by Gloria Beeston of Caboolture, Queensland.

Douglas Theodore NOBLE was born to Emily May (nee Evans) and Samuel (Dick) Noble in Hobart on 3rd August 1915.  He was the youngest of three sons. 

At the commencement of World War 2 Doug was single and employed by the Hobart Tramways.  Aged 24 he enlisted in the army on 27th November 1939.  Following training he became a private in the 2/12th Battalion – 18th Brigade.  2/5ths of this Battalion were Tasmanians and the remainder recruited from North Queensland. 

The 2/12th Battalion was engaged in the Syrian and North African Desert campaigns with their final engagement in this area being their participation in the defence of Tobruk and the resulting siege.  The 2/12th were part of the defenders who gained the now famous title “The Rats of Tobruk”. 

Following leave and jungle training the 2/12th were dispatched to face the invading Japanese army in New Guinea.  As part of the famed elite 18th Brigade they dealt the Japanese army their first defeat on land at the Battle of Milne Bay.  Subsequently the 2/12th were allocated the task of eliminating the Japanese marines on Goodenough Island.  This they did. 

On 1st. January 1943 the 2/12th took part in the attack on Buna airfield – Doug’s “A” company objective being Giropa Point.  They commenced the attack at 8 a.m. and suffered severe early casualties and in all there were 63 deaths and 122 wounded.  Sadly, Doug was one of the soldiers killed in action during this attack. 

His final resting place is Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby. “Lest we forget”                                                                                     


Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer            






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