Louis George Layton – 3rd child of Margaret Anderson and James Layton

Louis George LAYTON                           Stella Dorothy Montague HART

b. 20th July 1894                                               b. 1894

at Moss Vale, NSW                                          at Barmedman, NSW

d. 23rd August 1971                                           d. 25th May 1968

at East Ballina, NSW                                        at East Ballina, NSW

Louis was supposed to be Lewis, but the Registrar misspelt it, so Louis it stayed. He enlisted in the Armed Forces on the 3rd August 1915. He rose to the rank of Corporal, No.2629, 12th Battalion, and saw overseas service. He returned to Australia on the 31st May 1919, and also served his country later in World War Two. He received a Military Medal. Louis and Stella were married on the 30th June 1920 at the Methodist Church in Lismore, NSW by E E Hynes. At the time of their marriage, Louis resided at Kyogle, NSW and Stella resided at The Channon, NSW. Stella was the daughter of John Montague HART and Mary WILLIAMS.

Chatelet, Belguim, 28th January 1919

As Corp. Layton’s Platoon Commander, I wish to say how very sorry I was to lose him as a Corporal. As a Corporal in my platoon he gave every satisfaction both in the line and out.  As regards his work in the line, his decoration speaks for itself. Out of the line he was always clean and smart on parade and possessing a good hold over the men who would do anything for him. In my opinion a most desirable N.C.O. In his future life in Australia I wish ihm every success and better luck,

Wallace Cullen, Lieutanent O.C. 13 Platoon, 12th Battalion.

In addition to the above, this recommendation was forwarded to the Major General, Commanding 1st Australian Division, the following details were included with respect to Corporal Layton’s award; ‘During operations east of Proyart from August 23rd to 26th 1918, Cpl Layton, whilst in charge of H Bombing party, was held up by heavy machine gun fire, seeing that it was impossible to push down the communication trench he was bombing, he crawled out onto a flank… and silenced the machine gun fire, thus saving the lives of his party and enabling the bombing party to fulfil it’s task.”

Louis and Stella Layton on their wedding day; 30th June 1920, with their bridesmaid Ivy Layton and best man.

Louis and Stella Layton on their wedding day; 30th June 1920, with their bridesmaid Ivy Layton and best man.

Their children were as follows: James Francis LAYTON  b. 27th October 1920 at Kyogle, NSW Nancy Miriam LAYTON  b. 28th March 1922 at Byron Bay, NSW Gweneth Mary LAYTON  b. 20th March 1925 at Kyogle, NSW Maxwell George LAYTON b. 9th February 1928 at Kyogle, NSW Alan Anderson LAYTON b. 22nd February 1930 at Kyogle, NSW Muriel Eve ‘Dell’ LAYTON b. 4th August 1932 at Kyogle, NSW