LAYCOCK, Kenneth George

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War II
Date of Enlistment
Date of Discharge
Place of Enlistment
Canberra ACT

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Wickham NSW
Address (at enlistment)
Acton Guest House (Lennox House), Canberra ACT
School(s) Attended
Charleston Public School, Newcastle Boys High School, Sydney Teachers College
Public servant
Next of Kin
S.B. Laycock (father), Merewether NSW

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
Final Rank
Final Unit
3 Australian Infantry Battalion


Laycock originally came from Newcastle and after arriving in Canberra to work as a clerk with the Customs department he joined the 3rd Militia Battalion (the Werriwa Regiment) in 1938. He married on New Year's Day in 1942 and arrived in Port Moresby as a Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion in May 1942.

Initially he and the 3rd Battalion were used as labourers on works in and around Port Moresby but in June he fell ill with dysentery and was hospitalised. The 3rd Battalion were sent on to the Kokoda Track in September 1942 but Laycock did not join them until October when they were at Menari. On 16 October Laycock and his company reached Templeton's Crossing. While on patrol near Templeton's Crossing on 19 October, Laycock was wounded at close quarters by machine gun fire to the lower left leg. He finally arrived at a hospital near Port Moresby more than nine weeks after being wounded.

After returning to Australia Laycock was attached to the District Finance Office of the Army in Sydney before being discharged and returning to Canberra. He died in Canberra on 12 January 2006.


WWII Nominal Roll
NAA RecordSearch
Colin Kennedy, 'Port Moresby to Gona Beach. 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion 1942', 1992
Ken Laycock, 'Memories of a Militiaman', 1995 (typescript in ACT Heritage Library)
The Canberra Times - 14 August 2005

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