4 March 1915 : Corporal Noble Dewey

Nobel Dewey was born in Cambridge on 28 September 1885

Location of Cambridge in Great Britain (cc OpenStreetMap)

Nobel as the fifth son of the late Thomas Henry Dewey and his wife, Elizabeth (née Rayner) of 6 Searle St, Cambridge. 

Searle Street, Cambridge 2019

He was educated at St. Luke’s School, Chesteron.

A well-known Cambridge athlete, a member of the Town and County Cycling Club and earned a great reputation as a trainer. At the 1901 Census, Noble was living at home in Chesterton with his parents and five older siblings.

Age 15 Noble was working as a chemical laboratory assistant. Ten years later at the 1911 Census Noble was still living at home, and age 25, also still a laboratory assistant. At home were his widowed mother, working as a College Servant, two older sisters Ada and Ethel (in turn a housekeeper and shop assistant) and brother Lesdley (a tailor).

Noble joined the 1st Cambridge Territorials in January 1912. With the outbreak of war volunteered for Imperial Service and went to France in Feb 1915. He was killed on 4 March 1915.

Corporal Nobel Dewey was shot by a sniper and died of his wounds about 5:30m. 

Dickebusch Old Military Cemetery (c) CC BY 2.0

He was buried in the churchyard at Dickesbushe. 

Corporal Noble Dewey 1357 1st Bn Cambridgeshire Regiment (TF)

Died of wounds 4 March 1915

Sources: De Ruvigny’s, Census Returns (Ancestry).

Images: De Ruvigny's, Google Street View, WFA Pension Cards on Fold3.