- Name: Harry John LAURENT
- D.O.B: 15th Apr, 1895
- D.O.A: 12th Sep, 1918
- D.O.D: 9th Dec, 1987
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade, New Zealand Expeditionary Force
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
The Battle of Havrincourt, France 12 September 1918
12 September 1918
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, skill, and enterprise when during an attack he was detailed to exploit an initial success and keep in touch with the enemy. With a party of twelve he located the enemy support line very strongly held, at once charged the position, followed by his men, and completely disorganised the enemy by his sudden onslaught. In the subsequent hand-to-hand fighting which ensued he showed great resourcefulness in controlling and encouraging his men, and thirty of the enemy having been killed, the remainder surrendered, a total of one officer and 111 other ranks in all. The success of this daring venture, which caused his party four casualties only, was due to his gallantry and enterprise.