WW1

On this page you will find a list of the essays (articles) that have been written by Richard Laughton as part of the work of the Great War Research Company. Rather than take an immediate plunge into the task of writing a book, it was decided to take baby steps and start with a few essays. To date, all of these projects in essay form relate to events that happened from 1914 to 1921, the era of what became known as the First World War.

The topics presented are either related to research on the Milton Soldiers Project (MHS) or arose as topics of interest as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (CEFSG). If the project involved the MHS (Milton Historical Society), the story relates to one of the components of the ongoing research related to those of Milton that served, the numerous Milton Memorials, the uncovering of the War Trophy or the resolution of the Gold Watch Mystery. The projects related to the CEFSG focus on a topic for which there were questions as to what happened, or details were uncovered that assisted in the explanation of the events or the people involved.

The list is chronological in order of when they were written (date in brackets). All documents linked here are in PDF format. All research details (images, trench maps, war diary extracts, references, etc.) are in separate folders on the Laughton MediaFire Site. Flip-view PDF documents are also published on the shared CEFSG Issuu Site.

  1. Milton Soldiers of the Great War 1914-1919 (October 2007)
  2. General Currie’s First Stand – The Capture of Hill 70 (June 2008)
  3. The Last Great Cavalry Charge – Moreuil Wood & Rifle Wood, March 1918 (November 2008)
  4. Milton’s War Trophy #9563 – The 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion at the Canal du Nord in September 1918 (July 2009)
  5. The Attack on Hatchet Wood – Battle of Amiens, August 1918 (December 2010)
  6. Milton’s Commemorative Gold Watches – A Mystery from the Past (March 2011)
  7. The First Cold War: CEF in Siberia and North Russia (December 2012)
  8. The CEF at Bois-Grenier, March 1915: The Forgotten Battle (May 2015)
  9. Get Squared! Use a Trench Map (March 2016)

I have planned to work on a new article “JACK in the BOX – The PPCLI in Flanders 1915“, but I have been delayed by our work on the UNKNOWN Project. I will return to this article in the near future – in the meantime you can check out the 50 plus CEF Soldiers of the Great War that we have found in the past year. The Kennedy story will be the story of “Josiah Alexander Chancellor Kennedy” with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in the 1st Battle of Ypres (Belgium) in the Great War. At that time, Belgium was “boxed in” by Germany on the east, the North Sea, and France to the west and south. This story will be as much about the PPCLI as it is about Jack, tracing their path during that first critical year on the Western Front.

In the upper left corner of most of the publications you will see an image of Lieutenant George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C. who served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (142nd Battalion, 32nd Battalion) and the British Army (26th Northumberland Fusiliers) in the Great War of 1914-1919. Grandfather Laughton’s picture is not shown here to suggest that he participated in all of these events but rather to acknowledge his importance in stimulating my interest and research in the Great War. There is no image of Grandfather Kennedy, Captain. J.A.C. Kennedy, who also served in the CEF (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) and BEF (Royal Irish Rifles), as all his memorabilia were lost in the Great Fire of June 19, 1967.