Harry John Laurent 15 April 1895 - 1987 Key details Contribute › Service number24/213 AWMM Also known asHenry Laurent AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargePost WW2 AWMMLieutenant Colonel AWMMNew Zealand Military Forces, Home Service Section, Hawera Area Defence Unit AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share J.G. Grant is on the right beside fellow VC winners Harry La … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesHarry John AWMM SurnameLaurent AWMM Ingoa Also known asHenry Laurent AWMM Service number24/213 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth15 April 1895 AWMM Place of birthTarataTaranakiNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesTarataTaranakiNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMMEngineer AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentPre May 1915 AWMMCare of J. CampbellTokaoraNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationJ.M. Laurent (father)Lake RoadHaweraNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 9 October 1915 AWMMSingle AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number24/213 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsVictoria Cross (VC) AWMMSergeant Laurent was awarded "for conspicuous bravery, skill and enterprise" when, during an attack at Gouzeaucourt Woods on 12 September 1918, he was in charge of an advance group, leading a party of twelve. The squad advanced quickly to attack a German support line that was being strongly held. In the initial attack and in the subsequent hand-to-hand fighting he displayed initiative and leadership, his squad killing a number of the enemy and captured an officer and 111 other ranks at the cost of just four casualties. (from Grant Anderson (1999) Decorations for outstanding gallantry) AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingOfficer training in October 1918, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in February 1919. AWMM EnlistmentWW1 AWMMMay 1915 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMM20 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM9 October 1915 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM9 October 1915 AWMMHMNZT 30 HMNZT 31 HMNZT 32 HMNZT 33 HMNZT 34 AWMMWellingtonNew ZealandSuezEgypt AWMMDeparted - 9 October 1915 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM9 October 1915 AWMMNew Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion AWMMA Company AWMMMaunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo AWMMRifleman AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPost WW2 AWMM1949 AWMMLieutenant Colonel AWMMNew Zealand Military Forces, Home Service Section, Hawera Area Defence Unit AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Harry Laurent was recalled for service in October 1939 and served in home defence until his retirement with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in August 1945.Listed at Archives New Zealand as LAURENT, Harry John, VC [Victoria Cross] - WWI 24/213, WWII - Army. His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand AWMM Death About death Contribute › Age at death92 AWMM Date of death1987 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathHastingsHawkes BayNew Zealand AWMM Death notesHastingsHawke's BayNew Zealand AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameDunedinVictoria Cross winners' plaqueQueens GardensDunedinNew Zealand AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Harry John Laurent by laying a poppy. Bernard Laurent Bertrand Harold Laurent Harry John Laurent Herbert Leslie Laurent Joffre Valentine Laurent Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Harry John Laurent Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNational Army Museum, Waiouruhttp://www.armymuseum.co.nz/Further ReferenceNational Archives of New Zealand, National Collection of War Art. Portrait.http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/581Further ReferenceMinistry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand History online. Dunedin RSA building, formerly site of the VC winners' plaque.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/dunedin-rsa-war-memorialFurther ReferenceBirkenhead (Auckland) Returned Services Association website. Victoria Cross.http://www.birkenheadrsa.com/victoria-cross.htmlFurther Reference DocumentsAuckland Weekly News AWMMAuckland Weekly News, 1918 AWMMAnderson, G. (1999). Decorations for outstanding gallantry. Auckland, N.Z.: Author. AWMMThe Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMMNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMVol1: 407 AWMMHarper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMMHarper, G. & Richardson, C. (2006). p.127 AWMMThe Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMMThe Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). p. 187 AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.