Harry John Laurent Born 15 April 1895 - Died 1987 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number24/213 AWMM Also known asHenry Laurent AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Last rankPost WW2 Lieutenant Colonel AWMMNew Zealand Military Forces, Home Service Section, Hawera Area Defence Unit AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy 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 › Report › Report › Report › Report › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth15 April 1895 AWMM Place of birthTarata, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesTarata, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW1 Engineer AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentPre May 1915 Care of J. Campbell, Tokaora, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationJ.M. Laurent (father), Lake Road, Hawera, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 09 Oct 1915 Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsFrance and Germany (TBC) AWMM1914-1916 Egypt AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number24/213 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers 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 May 1915 AWMMWellington, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 20 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 9 October 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM HMNZT 30 or HMNZT 31 or HMNZT 32 or HMNZT 33 or HMNZT 34 AWMMVessel was Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo AWMMRifleman AWMM; A Company AWMM; New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMMSlightly wounded in action in France in October 1916. AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPost WW2 1949 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 deathHastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM Death notes Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial nameDunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMMVictoria Cross commemorative paving stone, National Memorial Aboretum, Staffordshire, England Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 November 2015 - Personal visit 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 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Harry John Laurent Leave a note Contribute › Processing My Grandmother Muriel Wilson (nee Laurent) was his sister. I feel honoured that he is part of my family history Public - Adrienne Adele - Other relative - 22 April 2016 Report I am very proud of my great great Grandfather. Public - Sophie - Direct descendant - 5 March 2016 Report I am very proud to be Harry's great great grandson and am named for him. I am 9 now. Public - Harry Ian Harrop - Direct descendant - 11 January 2016 Report Sources Sources Contribute › External linksMilitary Personnel Filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=23523708&digital=yesFurther ReferenceNational 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 ReferenceFamNet: The Family History Network record pagehttp://famnet.net.nz/login_pages/Cenotaph.aspx?Systemid=C27546Further 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 Contributors Processing Command item Command item Add new record Refresh DateNameLocationRelationshipContact 22 April 2016Adrienne AdeleWanganuiOther relative 05 March 2016SophieNew ZealandDirect descendant 11 January 2016Harry Ian HarropAwhitu, Auckland NZDirect descendant Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.