Henry Laurent VC

Victoria Cross recipient Henry (Harry) Laurent. Laurent was awarded the VC for his actions near Gouzeaucourt Wood, France on 12 September 1918. When the patrol he was leading became lost behind enemy lines, Laurent organised his men and led them safely back to New Zealand positions. As they withdrew, Laurent’s 12-strong patrol attacked a German trench system, killing 30 enemy soldiers and taking another 112 prisoner.

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