NOBLE, James Cooper

669303, Private, James Cooper NOBLE
Aged 39

3rd Battalion, Toronto Regiment, Canadian Infantry
Died on Saturday 3rd April 1920

He is not named on the Newmarket War Memorial

Born in Newmarket in 2nd October 1880 [Newmarket 3b:505] to Horace and Emma Jane NOBLE (née COOPER), of Upper Station Road (now Old Station Road), Newmarket.

1881 census...James [6 months] was at Upper Station Road, Newmarket, with his father Horace [32] a tailor, born Framlingham, hos mother Emma J [27] born Newmarket, and his brother Robert [2] born Newmarket.

1891 census...James [10[ was now at 7 Albert Street with his parents, brother Robert and new brother Horace [8] born Newmarket.

1901 census...James [20] was now a watchmaker's assistant and was living in Granby Street, with his parents, brother Robert (Post Officer clerk) and brother Horace ( a grocer's assistant).

1911 census...James[30] was a watch, clock jewellery jobber, lodgng with the Beech family at 8 Orange Terrace, Rochester. His parents were at 9 Granby Street, Newmarket.

No positive identification on migration records, but possibly the James C Noble, labourer, aged 31 who sailed from Liverpool
on 30th March 1912 aboard the SS Megantic, bound for Halifax.

His attestation papers on enlistment on 17th January 1916 in Toronto are National Archives of Canada, RG150. Accession 1992-93/166 box 7348-43. James gave his next of kin as his mother, living at Beacon House, Newmarket, he was single and his civilian occupation was waiter. He was 5 feet 7.25 inches (170.8 cm) tall, chest 34 inches (86.4cm) and fair haired. He was living on enlistment at 361 King Street W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He sailed from Halifax on the SS "Olympic" on 12th October 1916, or on the SS "Cameronian" on 17th October,the Canadian Army seems to have mislaid him. A later from confirms the 12th, disembarking at Liverpool on 19th. After arrival in UK he was taken on strength of 12th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling. Proceeded to France on 27th March 1917. July 2nd 1917 he joined the 3rd Battalion.
On 22nd March 1919 he returned to UK and on 12th April 1919 proceeded to Canada and was demobbed on 24th April in Toronto. His intended address was given as 9 Manchester Avenue,Toronto. Presumably illness caused his death. Toronto was home to 15 military hospitals in WW1. James is not recorded on the "circumstances of death register" in the Canadian Archives.
The beneficiary in his will was his mother at Beacon House, Newmarket.

James is buried in Toronto (Prospect) Cemetery, Canada .Ref: section 7.grave 654

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