Year of death: 1915
Date of birth: 1895 (1st Quarter)
Date of death: 28/5/1915
Place of death: Killed in action
Service number: 1943
Regiment: Alexandra Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire) 5th Battalion
British war medal
Cemetery location: Dean Road Section A.5.22
Panel 33 Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial
St Mary`s church Scarborough
Dean Rd Cemetery Scarborough (family stone)
Scarborough War Memorial
As a scout with the 4th Scarborough Troop (Holy Trinity) he is remembered on the Scout Roll of Honour.
George was the son of Henry and Rachel Laybourne of 9 Auborough Street, Scarborough. He went to Friarage School.
1911 census shows Henry Laybourne as a compositor and George as a boot shop assistant (IWM records show him as a boat shop assistant – record added by a David Oliver)
Enlisted in Scarborough.
George served with a machine gun section of the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment and on 28/4/1915 the Scarborough Pictorial published a photograph of the Section.
On 25th May that year his family were informed that he had been wounded and put in an ambulance but in July the Pictorial reported that nothing else had been heard of him since then. In the same month the Mercury quotes a comrade saying “I think it is all over with George Laybourne as he has not been heard of since he was wounded on Whit Tuesday morning”
It was nor until November 1916 that the Mercury reported that George, previously reported as wounded and missing between May 25th and 28th 1915, is now reported as killed.
His brother Walter served with the Canadian Army and brother Alfred with the Army Service Corps.
Also, George Albert, son of the above.
Killed near Ypres May 28th 1915 aged 20 years