Can you help trace Somme soldier’s family?

editorial image

Can you help to find the relatives of a local soldier 100 years on?

Mark Pearson has in his possession a limited edition Somme 100 poppy pin dedicated to a Private E Noble from West Ardsley.

Commemorative poppy.

Commemorative poppy.

And now he is hoping to track down Pte Noble’ss relatives so he can give them the pin.

The poppy pins have been created by the Royal British Legion to commemorate the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The British Army lost 19,240 soldiers on the Somme’s first and bloodiest day, July 1 1916, and each will be remembered through a pin.

The poppies are made using material recovered from shell fuses fired in the Battle itself and finely ground earth from Britain’s front line has been used in the central red enamel.

Each comes with a printed dedication to a soldier who lost his life on the first day.

Mr Pearson’s poppy is dedicated to Private Elmsall Noble and through his own research he found that Pte Noble used to live on Haigh Moor Road in West Ardsley.

Now he is looking to find any relatives who would be interested in owning this piece of history.

Pte Noble was born to John George and Rose Emma Noble around 1888 and was employed as a coal hewer from the age of 13.

He enlisted in the army in Wakefield and served with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as private 21577 before his death on the first day of the Somme.

Mr Pearson, of Cottenham, Cambridge, is now appealing for information regarding the soldier’s family and their possible whereabouts.

He hopes to be able to unite the pin with relatives so that they are able to commemorate and pay their respects to Pte Noble.

Anyone with any information about Pte Noble or his family is asked to email