Burial Services in The Netherlands
29 September 2016
A burial service will be held at 10:00 hours on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at CWGC Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, The Netherlands, for LCpl Donald Stabler Noble and Pte Harold James Lewis, 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment.
The remains of both soldiers were found in February 2013 by a civilian unexploded ordnance contractor. They had been buried together in a shallow field grave. Found with the remains were some artefacts, including a Wiltshire Regiment cap badge and a Warwickshire Regiment button. Following research of the Wiltshire Regiment 4th Battalion Roll by the Royal Netherlands Army Recovery & Identification Unit, there were 7 possible candidates, 5 of whom were ruled out by their age, height or dental records. This left only Donald Noble and Harold Lewis. Neither soldier has any family attending the service.
The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing a headstone.