Captains Bolitho, Bowyer, Noble MC, Stephens, Gilbody, Sergeant, and Lt. Waggett.
No.5 Commando officers at Ahmednagar 1945. Photo courtesy of Captain Bowyer's grandson Paul Gordon. Posted by Pete R.
Captain Ray Bolitho, back row, far right;
Captain John Sergeant, back row, centre;
Captain John Bowyer, back row, 2nd from the right;
Captain Ralph W Noble MC, front row, far right;
Captain Larry Stephens, front row, centre;
Captain J Gilbody, back row, 2nd from left;
Lieutenant Ken Waggett, front row, far left;
update 15/8/10 by Pete R. "Giles identifies his grandfather, Lieut. Ralph W Noble MC, See comments below picture"
Citation for Gallantry:
"Noble, Ralph William, Lieut. 265916, M.C. (22 June 1944) Sandown I.O.W.
The Durham Light Infantry (DLI), attached 5 Commando Special Service Troops;
ARAKAN - On 23 Mar 44 during 5 Commando's attack on the Spur at 383348 Lt NOBLE was sent out with one Sub Sec to evacuate the wounded who were lying in an open stretch of paddy, swept by enemy M.G. fire. Lt NOBLE went forward alone carrying a stretcher. He found Capt KERR lying wounded on the ground and carried him back on the stretcher with the help of Pte GLENISTER who, as Capt. KERR's batman, had remained with his officer. Lt NOBLE went forward alone five times and evacuated all the wounded by carrying them on his back. On each occasion this officer had to move in full view of the enemy and was exposed to heavy MMG fire and sniping. Lt NOBLE displayed throughout complete devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety."