Friday, November 10, 2006

Great War Soldiers, Exeter Cemetery

Following my visit to the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at South Huron District High School, including the unveiling of the Lt. Thomas Penhale medals, I took time to visit the Exeter Cemetery.

It was here my grandfather George Van Wyck Laughton was laid to rest in 1966. Grandfather Laughton served in the Canadian Militia (7th Fusiliers) and went on to join the 142nd Infantry Battalion, then transferred to the 32nd Infantry Battalion (University of Toronto COTC). This was the same unit as Lt. Penhale, and from here they both went to Imperial Officers training at Oxford University. George went on to serve with the 26th Northumberland Fusiliers and was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery at the Battle of Arras (Vimy Ridge) in April 1917.

Laughton, George Van Wyck, M.C.
Lieutenant, 26th Northumberland Fusiliers BEF
Private, 142nd and 32nd Infantry Battalions CEF 82130
Exeter Cemetery Veterans Plot
Grandson raised in Exeter.

While at the Exeter Cemetery I checked out the other stones in the veterans plot. There was only 1 CEF soldier that I could see:

Broom, Herbert
Private, #2 Canadian Army Medical Corps
August 9, 1951
Exeter Cemetery Veterans Plot
Relationship to Exeter Currently Unknown

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