Joseph Frederick Laycock

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Sir Joseph Frederick Laycock
Born 12 June 1867
Died 10 January 1952
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held

Nottinghamshire Royal Horse Artillery

CRHA ANZAC Mounted Division
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Territorial Decoration
Relations Robert Laycock

Brigadier General Sir Joseph Frederick Laycock KCMG, DSO, TD (12 June 1867 – 10 January 1952) was a British soldier, and Olympic sailor.

Military career[edit]

Laycock served with the Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Rangers) Yeomanry in South Africa during the Second Boer War 1899-1900, for which he was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DS) in November 1900.[1]

Back in the United Kingdom, Laycock was the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1906.[2] He was the first colonel of the Nottinghamshire Royal Horse Artillery when it was formed in 1908 as part of the new Territorial Force. He funded the founding of the battery himself.[3]

During World War I he served with his battery in the Middle East and also served with the Duke of Westminster's armoured car unit when it was involved in a widely reported incident where it rescued prisoners of war from Senussi tribesmen.[4] Later he became the Commander Royal Artillery for the ANZAC Mounted Division.[5] During World War II, he commanded the Nottinghamshire Home Guard.[6]

He was friends with Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster,[3] and they competed together in the 1908 Olympics at Water Motorpsort.[6]

He lived at Wiseton Hall in Nottinghamshire.[3] and was a Deputy Lieutenant and Lord Lieutenant for that county.

One of his children, Sir Robert Laycock, was also knighted and awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his services in World War II.

Laycock returning from the Boer War on the RMS Dunottar Castle, July 1900.[7] Standing L-R: Sir Byron Leighton, Claud Grenfel, Major Frederick Russell Burnham, Captain Gordon Forbes, Abe Bailey (his son John would marry Diana Churchill in 1932), next two unidentified, Lord John Weston Brooke. Seated L-R: Major Bobby White, Lord Downe, General Sir Henry Edward Colville (a year later Churchill as MP would demand an inquiry over his dismissal from South Africa), Major Harry White, Major Joe Laycock, Winston Churchill, Sir Charles Bentinck. Sitting L-R: unidentified, Col. Maurice Gifford (who had lost his arm in the Second Matabele War).

Reference and External Links[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27359. p. 6303. 27 September 1901.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27890. p. 1433. 27 February 1906. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Nottingham Evening Post 20 May 1997
  4. ^ The Western Frontier Force
  5. ^ Farndale, Martin (1988). The Forgotten Fronts and the Home Base, 1914-18. Henry Ling. p. 440. 
  6. ^ a b Burke, Sir Bernard (1969), Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Volume 2, Burke's Peerage (p. 390)
  7. ^ "FinestHour" (pdf). Journal of the Churchill Center and Societies, Summer 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2007.