Heroes to be re­mem­bered 100 years on

Stratford Press - - News -

The heroic ac­tions of two Ha¯ wera men dur­ing World War I are to be com­mem­o­rated in Septem­ber.

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dun­lop says it is very fit­ting that John Gil­droy Grant VC and Henry John Lau­rent VC are recog­nised 100 years after each was awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross.

“It is amaz­ing and un­prece­dented that two sol­diers from a small town in New Zealand should re­ceive this pres­ti­gious award.

“It was also re­mark­able that Sgt Harry Lau­rent and Sgt John Grant re­ceived their Vic­to­ria Crosses in two sep­a­rate en­gage­ments within 10 days of each other in France.

It will also be very spe­cial to have fam­ily mem­bers of the Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ents rep­re­sented at the event.”

The com­mem­o­ra­tions will be­gin at the South Taranaki RSA’s of­fi­cial open­ing of the Vic­to­ria Cross Gar­den — which fea­tures stat­ues of Grant and Lau­rent — at 2.30pm and then will con­tinue with a may­oral din­ner.

Guest speaker for the evening is Bri­gadier Jus­tice Tim Brewer.

■ The May­oral Din­ner will be held at TSB Hub in Haw­era on Satur­day Septem­ber 15, start­ing at 6pm. Tick­ets are $50 each, or $450 for a ta­ble of 10 and for­mal dress is re­quested.

Get your ticket from Tarin at TSB Hub by call­ing (06) 278 0646 or email­ing events@stdc.govt.nz

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