DIVISIONAL UNIT: 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
5th Infantry Brigade
24th Battalion - Victoria Rifles
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654353
RESIDENCE: Exeter – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: January 13, 1898
Hay Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: December 20, 1918 20 years 11 months
CEMETERY: Charleroi Communal Cemetery – Charleroi –
Hainaut – Belgium
PARENTS: Mr. Thomas and Annie Laing – Exeter – Ontario
Occupation: Farmer Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: Exeter – January 26, 1916 – 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age: 18 years
After the 161st departed from Halifax arriving overseas on November 11,1916. On February 23, 1918, Private Laing was Taken off Strength from the 161st Battalion and absorbed into the 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion based at Witley Camp - Surrey. On the same day, he was posted to the 1st Overseas Battalion based at Bramshott - Hampshire. Then on August 6th he was Struck off Strength of the 1st overseas Battalion and transferred to the 24th Battalion in the field.
Private Laing contacted broncho pneumonia and died from complications at No. 20 British Casualty Clearing Station - Charleroi.
He was transferred to the 24th Battalion on August 6, 1918 from the Reinforcement Camp.
On August 10, 1918, he had a blistered heel and was admitted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital. Then he
moved to No. 5 Convalescent Depot and was discharged as fit on October 4, 1918.
Private Laing then rejoins his unit in the field at Marquion on October 16, 1918 but then is admitted to No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station located at Gosselies – Hanaut – Belgium with Pyrexia of unknown origin on
November 26, 1918 and from there is moved to No. 20 Casualty Clearing station with Pneumonia on
December 5, 1918.
On December 11, 1918, he is reported as dangerously ill and on December 20th he dies of broncho-pneumonia from exposure while on military duties.