From Plant to Prisoner

On  the 2nd April, 1911 (census day) Charles Noble aged 15 was a patient in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Charles was a Turners Apprentice at the G.R. Plant Works, Doncaster, then on the 4th March, 1913 he joined the 5thli K.O.Y.L.I.  as a Bugler.  He was at living at 27 Abbott Street, Hexthorpe.

Charles embarked from Folkstone on the 13th April, 1915 and served in the field through to 1916.  In December 1916 he was promoted to Corporal.  Then on the 22nd July 1917 Charles was wounded in action “gas shell poison”.  Later in the same year he was promoted again to Acting Sgt.  Charles was posted to 6th Company early 1918 so had to relinquish the rank of sgt.

On 27th March 1918 Charles was reported missing.

Charles was captured at Acheit Le Grand and interned at Parchim on 28th March 1918.

Charles received the best ever Christmas present as he was released on Christmas Day 1918, and returned home on Boxing Day.

Charles received a letter from the Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Dept. on 11th February 1919 with a job offer on his return to civilian life, but it seems as though Charles preferred his military life as he rejoins the K.O.Y.L.I. in April 1920.

In July, 1920 at St. Judes, Hexthorpe Charles marries Winifred Beach and on 23rd November 1921 their son Adolphus is born.



















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