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Gerard Thomas Noel

Major Gerard Thomas Noel was born in Exton, Rultand, England on 13 May 1856, the son of Henry Lewis Noel and Mary Elizabeth Noel.  He was the grandson of Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough. 

He married Edith Mary Bryon (-1917) at St George's Hanover Square, London, on 19 January 1888 they had four children.

He served in the Army attaining the rank of Major. After he retired he became a Justice of the Peace in Devon.

He and his son 'Bobs' boarded the Titanic at Southampton.  They disembarked with their bicycles at Cherbourg, disembarking onto the tender Traffic.

Between 1912 and 1913 he carried on quite a lengthy correspondence with Fr Browne SJ, the Titanic photographer.

He died on 9 November 1941 leaving an estate valued at £20,445.


  1. Their children were Mary Cecily Noel (15 November 1888); John Byron Noel (6 April 1891 - 18 October 1969); Audrey Noel (7 May 1894 - March 1966) and William Henry Middleton Noel.

References and Sources

http://www.thepeerage.com/ (Citing: Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage and Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition)
General Register Office Index of Births Marriages and Deaths
UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
British Census 1861-1911
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
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Fr EE O'Donnell SJ, Ireland (Curator, The Father Browne SJ Collection)

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  1. Drrndal

    The person you are looking for is shown ...  please note that Master Noel could have been either John Byron Noel (who would have been 21 in 1912) or William Henry Middleton Noel (who would have been 13 1/2).  Due to their ages and the use of “Master” it is more likely that it was William, so I have included his information from ... as well:Major Gerard Thomas Noel1M, #197450, b. 13 May 1856, d. 9 November 1941Major Gerard Thomas Noel|b. 13 May 1856 d. 9 Nov 1941|p19745.htm#i197450|Hon. Henry Lewis Noel|b. 30 Nov 1824 d. 7 Jun 1898|p24327.htm#i243263|Emily Elizabeth Noel|d. 3 Oct... Read full post

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Major Gerard Thomas Noel
Age: 55 years 11 months and 2 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 48, £3
Disembarked: Cherbourg

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