George Laity 1925-2019

Barnstaple Town Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of life long supporter, and D-Day Veteran, George Laity.

George was a member of 231 Assault Brigade, The Devonshire Regiment who were one of the first waves of troops to land on Gold Beach, Normandy on the 6th of June 1944.

He, along with his regiment landed on Gold Beach at 7:30am  on the morning of D-Day after some seven hours at sea aboard a landing craft. George was later captured by the German 12th Panzer Division and was held as a prisoner of war in Germany until 1945.

In 2016 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur medal during a ceremony at RMB Chivenor.



George was a committed supporter of Barnstaple Town Football Club from 1947 until 2017 when ill health prevented him from attending games at Mill Road.

The highlights for George were the FA Cup First Round in 1954 against Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, winning the Western League title in 1980, and the fine Barum team that achieved promotion from the Western Premier to the Southern League in 2016.

Pictured on the right is George, then 91,  enjoying a preseason friendly game at Mill Road against Weymouth in July 2016.

The thoughts of everybody at Barnstaple Town Football Club are with George’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Rest in peace George, until we meet again.

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