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  • Name: Laurence CALVERT
  • D.O.B: 16th Feb, 1892
  • D.O.A: 12th Sep, 1918
  • D.O.D: 7th Jul, 1964
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 5th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (TF), 187th Brigade, 62nd Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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The Battle of Havrincourt, France 12 September 1918

12 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 12 September 1918 Third Army attacked the Germans in the Battle of Havrincourt, pushing east of the Canal du Nord, south-west of Cambrai. 62nd Division breached the Hindenburg Line and captured Havrincourt itself. It was in this advance that Sergeant L Calvert distinguished himself. About four miles south of Havrincourt is Gouzeaucourt, where Sergeant H J Laurent’s VC action took place.


 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack when the success of the operation was rendered doubtful owing to severe enfilade machine-gun fire. Alone and single-handed Sjt. Calvert, rushing forward against the machine-gun team, bayoneted three and shot four. His valour and determination in capturing single-handed two machine guns and killing the crews thereof enabled the ultimate objective to be won. His personal gallantry inspired all ranks. 

Seventh Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 November 1918. 15 November 1918, Numb. 31012, p. 13472

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