Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number:36750.
Regiment: 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Died Sunday 21st October 1923
Age 31
County Memorial Crewe
Commemorated\Buried Crewe Cemetery
Grave\Panel Ref: N/A

Noel's Story.

Military Medallist.

Lance Corporal N. Humphries.

Lance Corporal Noel Humphries, of the Cheshire Regiment, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field. He enlisted in March 1916 and went on active service in July. He was wounded in October and in November was granted ten days special leave. L-Cpl. Humphries was formerly patrol leader in the 1st Christ Church Boy Scouts and was a chorister at St. John’s Church. He is 24 years of age and unmarried. His parents live at 5 Swinnerton Street, Crewe. Prior to enlistment he was employed as a dental mechanic at Mr. Baxter Booth’s dental surgery, the Market Square, Crewe.

Noel was a former patrol leader in the 1st Christ Church Boy Scouts, he is seated second from the left.

After Noel returned home he set up his dental practice at 5 Swinnerton Street, he died Sunday, October 21, 1923 suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis.

Death of Crewe Military Medallist.

It is with regret, a feeling which will be shared by many people in the district that we have to record the death of Mr. Noel Humphries, (31), dentist, so of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Humphries, 5 Swinnerton Street, Crewe.

The sad event, which took place on Sunday, was the climax to a long and painful illness the result of serious wounds received in the war, and the hardships he was forced to undergo during his captivity as a German prisoner. He joined the army in the early days of the war and saw much on active service in France, where he was awarded the military medal and certificate for bravery and devotion to duty on the battlefield. The circumstances under which he was taken prisoner were these. He went out on a bombing expedition and was seriously wounded, and whilst the British Army was in retreat he was captured. At the time he was reported “killed or missing,” but after the lapse of a few months his parents received a post card from him intimating that he was a prisoner of war. He was released when the Armistice was signed.

Crewe Chronicle, Saturday, October 27, 1923.

Red Cross files showing that Noel was taken POW, 17 February 1917. Below shows Noel was wounded in the back, right arm and leg.

Nantwich Guardian. Friday, May 11, 1917.