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William Muir Laughton

In memory of:

Private William Muir Laughton

March 31, 1943

Vancouver, British Columbia

Military Service

Service Number:







Loyal Edmonton Regiment, R.C.I.C.


Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


January 24, 1893
Brandon, Manitoba


September 7, 1939
Edmonton, Alberta

Son of David and Mary (Minnie) Laughton of Nelson, British Columbia. Husband of Martha Almeda Laughton and father of David of Edmonton, Alberta. Private Laughton also served in the First World War with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles.

Commemorated on Page 180 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


British Columbia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Masonic Plot .


The cemetery is located on the corner of Caribou Street East and 9th Avenue East, and contains 40 Commonwealth War Graves from the 1914-1918 war and 2 from the 1939-1945 war.

Visiting Information
The cemetery grounds are open daily for visitation from sunrise to sunset. The cemetery office is not on site, but is open Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of William Muir Laughton– January 24, 1893 - March 31, 1943
  • Original Grave Marker– Original (but incorrect) gravestone of William Muir Laughton in the Nelson British Columbia Cemetery. During the development of the Laughton Family Tree project this error was detected and the correct information was submitted to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Paying respects– During the period from 2009 to 2011 while the new gravestone was being created, Chief Gerry Rempel (Castlegear Fire Department) undertook looking after the site on behalf of the Laughton family.
  • New Grave Marker– Veterans Affairs Canada looked after the construction and placement of the new stone with the corrections to William's WWII unit (Loyal Edmonton Regiment) rather than his WWI unit (2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles).
  • New Grave Marker– The new stone was placed in the Nelson B.C. cemetery in early November 2011, just in time for the Remembrance Day Services.
  • Paying respects– Gerry Rempel and his daughter Geri-Lynn Rempel returned to the cemetery on November 11, 2011 to welcome William's new head stone.
  • Photo of William Muir Laughton– William Muir Laughton, as well as the rest of the valiant men and women of the Laughton family who served in the Canadian Forces in the Great War of 1914-1919 and the Second World War of 1939-1945 is profiled on the Laughton Family Tree web site. The url shortcut to this page of the site is:

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