Delorest John Dumergne Noble

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Captain Delorest John Dumergne Noble, R.N., Retired (3 January, 1885 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Bangor, India.

Noble was awarded the Stanhope Medal for bravery in saving life from drowning on 12 March 1906.[1] His feat was described when the award was made by the Royal Humane Society on 26 February 1907:[2]

At 6 30 p.m. on the 12th of March, 1906, W. Mulligan, A.B., whilst employed in getting in the accommodation ladder of the Cruiser Leviathan, then in the Gulf Of Lyons, was washed overboard from the port sea gangway. It was nearly dark at the time, there being a heavy sea with considerable overfall, and the ship steaming about eight knots. Sub-Lieut. Delorest J. D. Noble at once jumped from the quarter-deck, but unfortunately failed to reach Mulligan before he sank, and was himself only just able to reach the lifebuoy by which he was got on board.

Given how many life-saving attempts must occur in global operations of such a mighty naval force, the description given here does not seem to convey why Noble's deed merited the highest award, which is so rarely bestowed. One must imagine the wrong person was writing such accounts.

Noble was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1906.[3]

On 31 December, 1914, Noble was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.[4]

Noble was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the destroyer Dove on 15 September, 1913.[5]

On 15 November, 1918, Noble was appointed in command of the destroyer Scotsman.[6]

Noble was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1919.

On 1 October, 1920, he was appointed a member of the Trade Division.[7]

He was placed on the Retired List on 1 November, 1922.

World War II

From 22 August to 31 October, 1939 Noble served as Consular Shipping Adviser, Copenhagen.

Noble was promoted to the rank of Captain on 8 May, 1946.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur M. Peters
Captain of H.M.S. Dove
15 Sep, 1913[8] – 10 May, 1915
Succeeded by
George H. Creswell
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. M.19
13 May, 1915[9] – 1918[Inference]
Succeeded by
Alexander H. M. Burton
Preceded by
Walter C. Clark-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Prince
3 Aug, 1918 – Sep, 1918
Succeeded by
Arthur H. L. Terry
Preceded by
Richard B. England
Captain of H.M.S. Scotsman
15 Nov, 1918[10] – 8 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
Lawrence F. N. Ommanney
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Wild Swan
8 Oct, 1919[11] – 31 Dec, 1919
Succeeded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman
Preceded by
Herbert M. Hughes
Captain of H.M.S. Urchin
10 Jul, 1920 – 15 Jul, 1920
Succeeded by
James R. C. Cavendish


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1911). p. 960.
  2. "Court Circular." The Times (London, England), 27 Feb. 1907, p. 10.
  3. The Navy List. (June, 1914). p. 124.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 356-7.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 305.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 905.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 1816.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 393m.
  9. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395i.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 905.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1920). p. 900.