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Victor Laycock

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 14th March 1917

W H Breare letter

Many years ago William Laycock was a prominent man in local affairs. In his youth he was a champion walker. For many years he was a member of our governing body. On Wednesday I had a visit from his oldest son, who resides at Boroughbridge, and carries on the same occupation as his father did. Much of the son's work as a plasterer is done in Harrogate. The errand of my visitor was a sad one. He sent two boys to serve their country, the youngest of whom is supposed to have gone to France; the other will shortly go out to one of the other Fronts. No word has been heard of Victor, the one who went abroad, for eighteen months, and you can imagine what an anxiety has fallen upon the father, mother, and wife. We shall try to give a portrait in the picture page of both lads. I would like you boys to see if you can gather any information about Victor Laycock. I am sure you will try, and if you succeed kindly let me know as soon as possible. He was a sapper. His wife has communicated with the War Office, but has been unable to obtain any information regarding him. Eighteen months is a terribly long time to contemplate the possible death of a dear son. Help us to relieve this distressed family if you can.

 

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