Ministry of Defence in search for Leeds WW2 soldier’s relatives

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Officials from the Ministry of Defence are searching for relatives of a Leeds soldier who was killed in World War Two so they can attend his burial service.

Lance Corporal Donald Stabler Noble was born on March 22, 1922 in the parish of West Leeds and was killed in action on October 4, 1944 at South Arnhem in the Netherlands.

His remains have lain undiscovered in a field grave, together with those of a colleague who has yet to be identified. The MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre is trying to find L Cpl Noble’s family so they can have the chance to attend his burial service.

Records show that, before joining the army, L Cpl Noble was a scholar living with his mother Dorothy May Noble in Headingley, but there are no details for his father. He enlisted in the Army as a boy soldier in 1938 and joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

He then moved to the Royal Berkshire Regiment and then to the 4th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment in August 1944. Dorothy had two sisters but the MOD has been unable to trace her descendants.

There is also a possibility that L Cpl Noble may have had a half sister, but that has never been verified. His last known address was in Burley.

Louise Dorr, from the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, said: “Despite our best efforts we have not been able to trace any family members. We would love to be able to trace them so they can attend his burial service.”

Anyone who may be related to L Cpl Noble, or can help with information to trace his family, should call the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre on 07768 888663.

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