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Harry John Laurent

J.G. Grant is on the right beside fellow VC recipients Harry Laurent and Leslie Andrew (middle). - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry John AWMM
  • Surname
    Laurent AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry Laurent AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24/213 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 April 1895 AWMM TarataTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre May 1915 AWMM Care of J. Campbell, Tokaora, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 J.M. Laurent (father), Lake Road, Hawera, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military 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
    Age 20 AWMM
    Engineer/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • 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

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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  • Death
    1987 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
    HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone, National Memorial Aboretum, Staffordshire, England Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 November 2015 - Personal visit
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kaikoura Anglican Church, 29 Torquay St, Kaikoura AWMM

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  • Henry Laurent was my Great, Grandfather. He is a role model to our family and some people in our family have been named after him. It is a huge honour to be able to say I'm His direct descendant and to have someone in our family with enough bravery to win the Victoria Cross medal.
    Public - Meredith - Direct descendant - 24 April 2019
  • 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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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Auckland Weekly News, 1918 AWMM
    • Anderson, G. (1999). Decorations for outstanding gallantry. Auckland, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 407 AWMM
    • Harper, 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. AWMM
      Harper, G. & Richardson, C. (2006). p.127 AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
      The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). p. 187 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM


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24 April 2019MeredithAwhitu, Auckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
22 April 2016Adrienne AdeleWanganuiOther relative
05 March 2016SophieNew ZealandDirect descendant
11 January 2016Harry Ian HarropAwhitu, Auckland NZDirect descendant
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