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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2005x2.239 2005-11-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T07:02:07.375Z 50 VC Citation HJ Laurent 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's Decorations for outstanding gallantry) Part of two framed awards set on a black matt. "... Victoria Cross... No. 24/231 Sergt. Henry John Laurent..." ( the other award is under the temp number 2005x2.238). citation, award (framed)
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