Also Served: Joseph Gordon Lauder -
Joseph Gordon LAUDER
10 Vicarage Place, Prescot
Captain, 1/5th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment
Captain Lauder in the Prescot Reporter, September 1917
The Lauder family appear to have moved to Prescot around the turn of the century. The 1911 census shows that their 15 year old daughter Rhoda had been born in Kent while their 11 year old son James was Prescot-born.
Archibald Lauder (47) was a Hydraulic Engineer at the Cable Works. He had been married to Martha (45, nee Revell), for 25 years, and six of their seven children were still living. Joseph (23) was an electrical draughtsman, also at the Cable Works. He lived with his parents along with his wife Ada (27, nee Allen) and their two children Ada (1) and Rhoda (1 month). Joseph and Ada married in 1907.
Also with the parents were children Archibald, 20, a Clerk at the Cable Works. William (17) was an Assistant Cable Tester, Rhoda (15) was a Student at Commercial College and James (11) was also at home. (Rhoda later married George Stephenson, found here in 'Also Served')
Joseph served with the 1/5th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment as a pre-war Territorial and on the outbreak of war he was a Sergeant with the battalion. He went to France on 12th February 1915.
He was listed in the Prescot Reporter list of men serving with the forces in May 1915, and also in 1915, he was reported in the Parish magazine to be in hospital recovering from wounds. Around this time, he was 'Mentioned in Disptaches'
Liverpool Echo list of wounded men, 9th October 1915
The BI "Link" Magazine, May 1915
The BI "Link" Magazine, November 1915
The London Gazette of October 13th 1915 reported that Sgt J.G. Lauder of the South Lancashire regiment, was to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.
The Bi "Link" Magazine, January 1916
Liverpool Echo report of Lt Lauder's wounding, also reporting Harry Whitaker's Military Cross
The BI "Link" Magazine, September 1917
2/Lt. Lauder included in a list of wounded published in the Manchester Evening News on 23rd August 1917
Then on 25th September 1917, he was again in the London Gazette, this time as a result of being awarded the Military Cross, also noting that he was serving with the Machine Gun Corps, presumably this being the unit to which he had been seconded.
The London Gazette
Given the date of the award, it seems likely that it was for actions during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).
At some point, Joseph was promoted to Acting Captain, and in February 1919, the Gazette confirmed his reversion to Second Lieutenant on leaving the army.
After the war, Joseph's Medal Index Card confirmed his entitlement to the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He also applied for 'Oak Leaf' which he was entitled to wear as he had been mentioned in dispatches. The card shows his address as 'Grantham', 67 Kemble Street, Prescot.
Joseph returned to work at the Cable Works, and in 1928 he and the company successfully applied for a patent for 'improvements connected with the extrusion of metal'.
His service is commemorated on the EFD Roll of Honour
Joseph Lauder and his family at Derby Cottage, Park Road in the 1939 National Register
He appears to have served in the military again, presumably during the Second World War, as his rank by the time of the 1952 picture was Major.
Joseph Gordon Lauder, MC, died in Prescot in 1954 at the age of 66.
Joseph Lauder's entry in the National Probate Register
Ref. No.: A1161