Roll of Honour

Lance Corporal

John Noble


John Noble was born on the 3rd March 1888 in Dumfries to Marian and Joseph, a Sheriff’s officer. The family lived at 28 Cardoness Street, Annan Road, Dumfries, and John was educated at Dumfries Academy.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

In 1905, he came to the University of Glasgow where he would study for eight years. During this time he took subjects spanning the arts and sciences, including Latin, Moral Philosophy, Maths and Chemistry. He won prizes for Honours Maths, Astronomy and Physical Laboratory. On the 22nd November 1913, John graduated both MA and BSc (Pure Science). In the summer of 1913, he was accepted for a one-year postgraduate course of teacher training at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. He completed this successfully on the 1st August 1914, gaining the Teacher’s General Certificate, which qualified him to teach in primary schools. He was appointed to a post at Henderson Street Public School in Glasgow from the 1st September 1914.

John married Agnes Mcleod on 13th December 1917 in Kirkmahoe, Dumfriesshire, presumably whilst on leave as he was a Lieutenant with the Cameron Highlanders at the time.

John served with the 5th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders and was attached to the 9th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. He died, aged 30, on the 28th September 1918 and is buried in Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, Belgium. Lance Corporal John Noble is remembered on the Dumfries Academy Memorial; on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers, and on the Glasgow Provincial Training College war memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus.

Comments and Citations

Information has kindly been provided by Ken and Ann Morrison.

Thanks to Anne Cameron for providing additional information from the University of Strathclyde student registers.