William Gordon LAYCOCK

LAYCOCK, William Gordon

Service Numbers: 1844, 11844
Enlisted: 25 January 1915, Enlisted at Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Devonport, Tasmania, Australia, 10 March 1896
Home Town: Devonport, Devonport, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of wounds - cystitis following shell wound to the back, 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, 16 October 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Row D, Grave 137 Rev. W. K. Douglas officiated, Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Devonport ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Gallipoli Campaign, Devonport Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1844, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Claremont, Tasmania
19 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, 11844, 12th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Argyllshire embarkation_ship_number: A8 public_note: ''
19 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, 11844, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Fremantle
27 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 1844, 12th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, Shell wound to the back and invalided to Alexandria on 30 August 1915. Developed Cystitis after
16 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 1844, 12th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1844 awm_unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1915-10-16

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Annie Laycock of Upper Rooke Street, Devonport West, Tasmania

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

William died of wounds - cystitis following a shell wound to the back, at the 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, 16 October 1915. The wound had been inflicted on 28 August 1915, at Gallipoli.

William Laycock’s older brother 2429 Pte. George Allen Laycock 59th Battalion AIF, died of wounds later in the war, near Villers Bretonneux on 26 April 1918, aged 30. Another brother, 37 Pte. Joseph Harold Laycock 12th Battalion AIF, enlisted in 1914 and returned to Australia 23 September 1918.

It was reported in the local newspaper, under the heading “A DEVONPORT HERO. Mrs. J. Laycock is in receipt of a letter from, her son Pte. J. H. Laycock, who forwarded a copy of the inscription which he had placed over the grave of his brother Private W. G. Laycock, who died at Cairo on October 16 last as the result of wounds received at Gallipoli. The words are as follows,

'Far from home he lies, In a strange Egyptian town, While on his grave with shining eyes Egyptian stars look down. He gave his life for King and Country." Private Laycock was 18 years and 9 months of age, and left Devonport with the first of the volunteers.”