Edward Noel (spy)

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Lieutenant-Colonel Edward William Charles Noel, DSO, CIE, (14 April 1886 – 10 December 1974) was a British officer, diplomat and spy.

The grandson of Charles Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough[1] his father was the Earl's second son. He was educated at The Oratory School, Birmingham and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Commissioned initially in the Royal Garrison Artillery, he transferred to the Indian Army in 1908.[2]

He cycled from England to India twice, in 1909 and 1910.[3]

In 1915 he was appointed Vice-Consul to Ahwaz in Persia[1][4] and Consul for Kerman and Persian Baluchistan in 1929.[5] While carrying despatches for Dunsterforce, Noel was held hostage by the Jangalis in 1919.[6] He became a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1918[7] and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1919.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Lt.-Col. Edward William Charles Noel". The Peerage. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  2. ^ London Gazette Issue 28230 published on 5 March 1909. Page 13
  3. ^ Peter Hopkirk (1994), On Secret Service East of Constantinople, London: J. Murray, ISBN 0719550173, OCLC 30437370, 0719550173 
  4. ^ London Gazette Issue 29183 published on 4 June 1915. Page 8
  5. ^ London Gazette Issue 33548 published on 1 November 1929. Page 4
  6. ^ Dunsterforce - part 1 on www.westernfrontassociation.com
  7. ^ London Gazette Issue 30451 published on 28 December 1917. Page 5
  8. ^ London Gazette Issue 31374 published on 30 May 1919. Page 6