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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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The London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes are the official newspapers of record in the United Kingdom.  Their reporting of the status of the individual soldiers during the Great War can provide significant information to aid the researcher.  You can now search these on-line, however we caution the user to also see the supporting information for the search process, otherwise you may miss some or all of the available information.

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One of the unresolved problems of my research on Grandfather George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C. is that Gazette Record of his award of the Military Cross in April 1917 does not match the record that is reported in the Canadian Newspapers and other official records.  The gazette record relates to another reported event.  We are still awaiting the retrieval of records from the PRO (Public Records Office) to confirm their information.

In my latest search of the Gazette records I have searched by time period and with different search terms (i.e. Laughton; G. Laughton; George Laughton; Van Wyck; G. V. W.).  Records have been found for the 1917-1918 period, however no records were found for 1915, 1916 or 1919. 

During my last search, I also used the specific terms from the Canadian report to the Ontario Legislature which used terms such as "all but he had been killed or wounded" and "single-handed captured" the gun.  For the period of April 1, 1917 to December 31, 1917 there were a number such statements reported in the London Gazette, unfortunately none of them could be tied back to G. V. W. Laughton., M.C.

To date I have been able to identify the following records, however I presume there are still others that I have missed. (Note: be sure to look at the top of the search results page for the specific issue as there are often more than one "hit" in any issue):

GAZETTE Link Event Date Event Reference
January 30, 1917

(found with search term "Van Wyck", September 2003)

December 19, 1916

The under mentioned cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. (attd.) : 19 Dec. 1916. George Van Wyck Laughton., Joseph William James Price.

June 26, 1917

(found with search term "G. V. W." April 2005)

December 19, 1916

War Office, 26th June, 1917.

REGULAR FORCES. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. (attd.), unless otherwise stated, are transferred to Serv. Bns., with seniority shown against their names:

 INFANTRY - North'd Fus.
G. V. W. Laughton. - 19th Dec/ 1916.

July 17, 1917

(found with search term "Van Wyck", September 2003 and "Laughton" April 2005)

Not specified

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the under mentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field :

2nd Lt. George Van Wyck Laughton, North'd Fus. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During 24 hours he was on a picquet in front of our own lines and conducted a daylight patrol to within 300 yards of the enemy trenches. Throughout he displayed the greatest courage and determination.

October 23, 1917

(found with search term "Laughton", April 2005)

October 25, 1917

(note:  there were 2 G. Laughton's in the 26th N.F. so this may not be G. V. Laughton)

War Office, 25th October, 1917. REGULAR FORCES.

The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts., from attd., unless otherwise stated, are transferred to Serv. Bus., with seniority from dates shown: 

North'd Fus. - G. Laughton. 26 Apr. 1917.


April 23, 1918

(found with search term "Laughton", April 2005)

April 25, 1918

War Office, April, 1918. REGULAR FORCES.
Service Battalions.
North'd Fus.

Temp. 2nd Lt. G. V. W. Laughton, M.C., relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health contracted on active service, and is granted the hon. rank of 2nd Lt. 25 Apr. 1918.


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