Helen Noble, the daughter of the journalist, James Ashcroft Noble, was born in Liverpool on 11th July 1877. Noble, who found work writing for The Spectator, moved the family to London in 1880. Later he contributed to The Daily Chronicle, Westminster Gazette and The Athenaeum.
After an education at Wintersdorf School in Southport, she became a nursery governess in Rotherfield. After meeting the poet, Edward Thomas, in 1896, the couple married and Helen taught at Beadles, a progressive co-educational boarding school. Helen had three children including the writer, Myfanwy Thomas.
In the summer of 1915 Edward Thomas enlisted as a private in the Artists' Rifles. The following year he was made a junior officer and transferred to the Royal Artillery. Lieutenant Thomas began writing war poetry in 1915 but only a couple of these were published before he was killed by an exploding shell at Arras on 9th April, 1917.
After the war, his wife, Helen wrote about her relationship with Edward Thomas in As it Was (1926) and World Without End (1931). Her daughter, Myfanwy Thomas, claims the books were written as a form of therapy to lift the depression which settled over her after the death of her husband. Helen Thomas died in 1967.