b. 15/04/1895 Tarata, New Zealand. d. 09/12/1987 Hastings, New Zealand.
He was 23 years old, and a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 12 September 1918 east of Gouzeaucourt Wood, France, during an attack, Sergeant Laurent was detailed to exploit an initial success and keep in touch with the enemy. With a party of 12 he located the very strong enemy support line and at once charged the position followed by his men completely disorganizing the enemy by the suddenness of his attack. In the hand-to-hand fighting which ensued, 30 of the enemy were killed and the remainder, totaling one officer and 111 other ranks, surrendered. His party suffered four casualties.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: QEII ARMY MEMORIAL MUSEUM, WAIOURU, NEW ZEALAND.
BURIAL PLACE: SERVICEMAN'S CEMETERY, HAWERA, NEW ZEALAND. ASHES INTERRED.
Archibald Nicholl painting
William Frater Ross painting
National Memorial Arboretum
Laurent (on left) with Leslie Andrew VC (centre) and John Gildroy Grant VC on the right