G. V. Laughton

The web site for Grandfather George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C. has now been updated so that all the links are now active on this web site. As the web site was created using Microsoft Front Page and not WordPress, we have placed the web site in a separate directory so that there is no software conflicts. Please click on the link below to go to that site:

http://laughton.ca/mirror/military/ww1/gvlaughton

G. V. Laughton attested to the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) to serve in the Great War of 1914-1919. Due to changes in the Officer Compliment of the CEF he was subsequently accepted for an Officer’s Commission in the British Expeditionary Force while in England. This is the story of how all of that came to be, what actions he served in, and the reasons he was awarded his gallantry medals (Military Cross).

Summary:

George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C.
Regimental Number 82130

  • June 1911 – June 1914: 26th Middlesex Regiment
  • December 1915: 7th Regiment Canadian Fusiliers
  • 1915: 142nd Canadian Overseas Battalion
  • 1916: 32nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 1917: BEF 3rd Army, 34th Division 26th Northumberland Fusiliers

Sections of the website for Grandfather Laughton refer to the history of the 26th Middlesex Regiment and the 7th Regiment of Fusiliers which were on a web site that no longer appears to exist (4RCR.com). That same information now appears on the website of The Royal Canadian Regiment, and in particular the 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment ( http://thercr.ca/the-serving-component-/4-rcr ). It is through this path that we see Grandfather Laughton pass through the prewar militia regiments to the 142nd Canadian Infantry Battalion in the Great War.

For future reference, the War Diary of the 26th Northumberland Fusiliers is available via Ancestry from the UKNA under the 34th Division – Various Infantry Brigades (103rd Infantry Brigade. Grandfather Laughton is named on page 247 of 931 for a D.S.O. which became the award for the Military Cross. It would appear that the battalion war diary starts on page 179 of 931, continuing until it was disbanded in February 1918 on page 303 of 931.