Educated at Eton College, Tom Cecil Noel served with the 3rd King's Own Scottish Borderers before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. In 1918, he scored 24 victories as a Bristol F.2b observer with 20 Squadron before he was killed in action near Westroosbeke.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Tom Cecil Noel, K.O.S.B., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Previous to laying a forming-up tape for his battalion he reconnoitred the ground under exceptionally difficult circumstances, under heavy hostile fire. Later, he successfully and accurately laid the tape, and throughout the action of the following day led his men with the utmost ability and contempt of danger, setting a splendid example to all.
Lt. Tom Cecil Noel, M.C.. K.O.S.B., Spec. Res., attd. R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In four days he and his pilot destroyed seven enemy machines and drove down three out of control. His courage and skill are of the first order, and of inestimable value to his squadron.
(M.C. gazetted 26th September, 1917.)