Militia Experience

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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Our review of the records has started to piece together the time that Grandfather Laughton served with the Militia prior to actual service in the Great War.

June 1911 - June 1914
26th Middlesex Regiment (Middlesex Light Infantry)

December 1915 - March 1916
7th Regiment Fusiliers, London Ontario
attached to 142nd Overseas Battalion
see: History of the Regiment (

On 6 August 1914, the 7th Regiment Fusiliers were placed on Active Service for local protective duties. Neither they, nor the 22nd Regiment, the Oxford Rifles were selected for overseas service as units, but both contributed heavily to the group formed in the Western Ontario Area. The first group was formed in September 1914 and was designated as the 1st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces (Western Ontario Regiment). Both units also recruited drafts for the 33rd, 71st, 142nd and 168th Battalions, CEF. These latter battalions were broken up once they arrived overseas and provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps.

Unfortunately the web site "" appears to have been deactivated.  The following information was provided on that site:

7th Regiment Fusiliers
1866.04.27 7th Battalion Infantry "Prince Arthur's Own"
formed by regimentation of six independent companies 
1866.05.01 7th Battalion Infantry 
1867.02.15 7th Battalion London Light Infantry 
1880.01.16 7th Battalion Fusiliers 
1900.05.08 7th Regiment (Fusiliers) 
1920.04.01 The Western Ontario Regiment 
1920.04.15 reorganized to perpetuate CEF: 
1st Battalion, perpetuating 1st Battalion CEF 
2nd Battalion, perpetuating 33rd Battalion CEF 
3rd Battalion, perpetuating 142nd Battalion CEF 

1924.08.01 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 
1936.12.15 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (M.G.)
absorbed HQ Coy and A Coy, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC; HQ and 4  coys at London 
1942.01.29 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 
1942.03.24 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (M.G.) 
1954.10.01 amalgamated with The Oxford Rifles, to form The London and Oxford Fusiliers 


26th Middlesex Regiment
1800 Regiment of Middlesex
formed in Sedentary Militia 
1st Battalion 
2nd Battalion <1812> 

1866.09.14 26th Middlesex Battalion of Infantry
formed in Active Militia with HQ at London, Ont., by regimentation of independent companies: 
No. 1 Company at Delaware, raised 30 Jan. 1863 
No. 2 Company (Lobo) at Komoka, raised 17 July 1861 
No. 3 Company at Harriettsville, raised 6 Feb. 1863 
No. 4 Company at Thamesford, raised 11 Sep. 1862 
No. 5 Company at Lucan, raised 19 Dec. 1862 
No. 6 Company at Wardsville, raised 2 Jan. 1863 
No. 7 Company at Strathroy, raised 8 June 1866 

1880.03.24 26th Middlesex Battalion of Light Infantry 
?? HQ moved to Strathroy, Ont. 
1900.05.08 26th Regiment (Middlesex Light Infantry) 
1920.04.01 The Middlesex Light Infantry 
1921.06.01 reorganised to perpetuate CEF: 
1st Battalion, perpetuating 135th Battalion CEF 
2nd (Reserve) Battalion 

1936.12.15 amalgamated with The Huron Regiment, to form The Middlesex and Huron Regiment 


The records that we received from the UK National Archives, as part of the research work completed by Chris Baker (see attachments received), shows that he completed an application for to an "Officer Cadet Unit" on or about May 19th, 1916.  His own notation shows that he was seeking a "Temporary Commission in the Regular Army".

The C.O.T.C. records from the UK National Archives shows that while in the Militia he had both an "Infantry Course" and a "Musketry Certificate" and that he was 5 months as a "supernumerary - 142nd Battalion, Lt. 7th Regiment C.M.".


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