WWI Pair. Noye. Holsworthy, Devon/Cornwall. York & Lancaster Regiment. POW Metz 1918


Correctly named 35468 Pte W Noye York & Lanc R

From records we see many years of birth for Walter. He was born to Ephraim and Hannah in 1887, though other years are noted as 1892, 1887. We see in 1901 he is with his parents at 29 Gratton Cottages in Whitstone, North Devon. Some records have it as Cornwall.

In 1911, we find him now living with his grandfather in Gratton, Whitstone, Holsworthy. It is this address he uses and we find on his army papers. It is also noted that his trade on enlistment is wheelwright/carpenter and undertaker.

He enlisted into the Royal Engineers with the service number 231667 in March 1916. He serves with 518 (London) Field Company and serves overseas with them from January 1917. In September 1917, he briefly transfers to the York and Lancasters but returns to the Royal Engineers in November 1917.

He is with the 518 Co when he is captured, uninjured at Metz on the 23rd of March 1918. He was repatriated late November 1918.

We see in 1926, he heads to Chile, South America aboard Oropesa. He is noted as being a clerk. He returns in 1928 aboard the Highland Glen. It states he stayed in the Falkland Islands and is a Colonial Servant.

Walter died in Devon in 1949.

The medals come with long original silk ribbons.


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