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Harry John Laurent

  • Service number
    24/213 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Henry Laurent AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Post WW2 Lieutenant Colonel AWMM
    New Zealand Military Forces, Home Service Section, Hawera Area Defence Unit AWMM
  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry John AWMM
  • Surname
    Laurent AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry Laurent AWMM
  • Service number
    24/213 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    15 April 1895 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Tarata, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Tarata, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Engineer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre May 1915 Care of J. Campbell, Tokaora, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J.M. Laurent (father), Lake Road, Hawera, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 09 Oct 1915 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • France AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    24/213 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
    Sergeant 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

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  • Military training
    Officer training in October 1918, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in February 1919. AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW1 May 1915 AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 20 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 09 Oct 1915-22 November 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 31 AWMM
    Vessel was Tahiti AWMM
    Rifleman AWMM
    A Company AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Slightly wounded in action in France in October 1916. AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Post WW2 1949 AWMM
    Lieutenant Colonel AWMM
    New Zealand Military Forces, Home Service Section, Hawera Area Defence Unit AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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


About death

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  • Age at death
    92 AWMM
  • Date of death
    1987 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kaikoura Anglican Church, 29 Torquay St, Kaikoura AWMM
    • Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone, National Memorial Aboretum, Staffordshire, England Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 November 2015 - Personal visit
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary

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  • 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
  • I am very proud of my great great Grandfather.
    Public - Sophie - Direct descendant - 5 March 2016
  • 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



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22 April 2016Adrienne AdeleWanganuiOther relative
05 March 2016SophieNew ZealandDirect descendant
11 January 2016Harry Ian HarropAwhitu, Auckland NZDirect descendant