following information and Photo was supplied by Gloria Beeston
of Caboolture, Queensland.
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.
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.
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”.
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
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.
resting place is Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby. “Lest we