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The Great War: Vimy Ridge
George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C.

Canadian - Serving in the British 3rd Army, 34th Division,  
26th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish)

                               


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Lieutenant George Van Wyck Laughton

Regimental Number:

82130

Survived War:

Yes

Force:

Army

Regiment:

 

Battalion:

08/12/15-03/03/16
142nd CEF Overseas Bn.  Pay records show reported for duty February 13, 1916, S.O.S. March 20, 1916.

07/07/16-17/07/16
32nd CEF Bn. (absorbed by 15th Reserve Bn. January 4, 1917)

26/02/17-11/05/18
26th Northumberland Fusiliers, 34th Div., 3rd Army BEF (Tyneside Irish)

Company:

 

Enlisted or Conscripted:

Enlisted in CEF, found his own way to England, perhaps in the intervening period of March 20, 1916 to July 7, 1916 (see above).

Took a posting with the BEF after completion of the officer training course at Oxford, perhaps January 23, 1917.

Prior Military Experience:

26th Middlesex Regiment Militia, then  1 year University of Toronto OTC

Lt., 7th Regiment Fusiliers, School of Infantry. Dept. Militia and Defence, London Ontario

Enlistment Date:

July 7, 1916, 32nd Overseas Battalion

Discharged December 18, 1916 from 32nd Btn. to accept a Commission in the BEF.

Age at Enlistment:

19 yrs., 3 months

Enlisted at:

Shorncliffe, England
(into 32nd Bn.)

No papers for enlistment in 142nd Bn. in December 1915.

Address at Enlistment:

 

Civilian Occupation:

Student prior to enlistment.

Circulation Director,
MacLean Hunter

Saw Service in:

Europe - France and significant action at Arras, Vimy Ridge and general battles of the Scarpe.

Date of Death:

June 11, 1966

Age at Death:

69

Cause of Death:

Survived

Battle Died/Wounded:

Wounded: May 1917, Scarpe Valley, sent to hospital and England and then recovery in Canada

Burial:

Exeter, Ontario

Plot:

Soldier's Plot
Division 6

Commemorated:

 
 

Date of Birth:

May 10, 1897

Next of Kin:

Paul MacDonell Laughton (surviving son, Ottawa ON)

Richard Van Wyck Laughton
(Grandson, Milton ON)

Place of Birth:

Parkhill, Ontario

Country of Birth:

Canada

Prisoner of War:

No

Interned:

 

Married:

Single

Religion:

Presbyterian

Height:

5 Feet 10 Inches

Chest:

 29 Inches

Expansion:

33 Inches

Ethnic Origin:

Caucasian

Gender:

Male    
NAC Reference
RGion 1992-93/166, Box 5430 - 40
Research Notes
Complete details on George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C. can be found on the following web sites:

Laughton Family Tree: http://laughton.ca/ancestors/laughton/eras/george1897.htm
Great War Research: http://laughton.ca/military/ww1/gvlaughton/

 

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant
British Infantry
26th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish)
Images: Photo at award of Military Cross, Toronto
http://laughton.ca/military/ww1/gvlaughton/photo1.jpg
British 3rd Army, 34th Division
Enlisted as a Private in the CEF and transferred to the BEF
 

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