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Eastwood Nottinghamshire
Henry Dodson Noon was born in 1894 in Eastwood and was the son of George Henry a butcher and farmer and Mary Catherine Noon née Dodson of 'Springfields' Eastwood Nottinghamshire. His father George Henry was born in 1865 in Eastwood and his mother Mary Catherine Dodson was born in 1868 in Kirkby , they were married in 1890 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration District, they went on to have 8 children all of whom were born at Eastwood, they were Margaret b1891, Dorothy b1893, Henry Dodson b1894, Lottie b1895, Lola b1896, Olive b1898, Eva Mary b1900 and Catherine b1904. In the 1911 census the family are living at 32 Church Street Eastwood and were shown as George Henry 46 yrs a butcher and farmer, he is living with his wife Mary Catherine 43 yrs and their children, Margaret 20 yrs an elementary school teacher, Dortothy 18 yrs a post and telegraph clerk, Henry Dobson 17 yrs a butchers assistant, Lottie 16 yrs a dress makers assistant, Lola 15 yrs a scholar, Olive 13 yrs a scholar, Eva Mary 11 yrs a scholar and Catherine 7 yrs a scholar. Henry Dodson emigrated to Australia during 1911.
31 Aug 1916
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Australian Infantry (AIF)
Henry Dodson Noon enlisted on 25th September 1914 in Australia, he was 21 yrs of age, he served with the 16th Bn Australian Infantry and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22nd December 1914. He was wounded at Galliopli around May 7th 1915 receiving a bullet wound through the nose. After treatment in Egypt he returned but the wound became infected and he was hospitalised in England. He arrived in France during the Spring of 1916 and was killed in fierce fighting to capture Mouquet Farm on the Somme on 31st August 1916. His body was identified and buried near Mouquet Farm but his grave was subsequently lost. His name is commemorated on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial on the Somme.
The battalions war diary for 7th May 1915 states the following :- The battalion war diary recorded: “Heavy volume of rifle fire here & at 7 pm a particularly heavy bombardment in the place mentioned before, [Cape Helles] the high point of the ridge, took place the naval guns backed up by artillery on shore. Lasted nearly an hour. Along the ridge and down the gulleys our shells were bursting in clusters. Rifle fire could not be heard through the din.” war diary reference AWM4/23/3/6 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 In memoriam published 31st August 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “NOON. – In proud and loving memory of Sgt. Henry Dodson Noon, Australian Imperial Forces, aged 22, only son of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Noon, Springfields, Eastwood, who was lost at Mouquet Farm, France, August 31st, 1916. His country called – he answered.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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