Stanley Laurence

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Tariki, Taranaki, New Zealand

Informations générales

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Informations service militaire

New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Lance Corporal
Numéro de service:
Incorporation date:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
 —  Otago Regiment, 2nd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Reutel, Beselare, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Polygon Wood Cemetery
Parcelle: /
Rangée: C
Tombe: 4

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 3

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement
#3 "Lieu de décès"

Mon histoire

Lance Corporal Stanley Laurence served in the 2nd Otago Regiment, of the 2nd New Zealand Brigade. Stanley was born in 1895 in Tariki, a small farming community near Mount Taranaki. Prior to enlisting he worked as a linesman, constructing and maintaining telegraph lines. Stanley enlisted in October 1915, aged 20. In April 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal.

The New Zealand Division was in the Polygon Wood area, after the end of the Third Battle of Ypres. Much of the time was spent in wiring, repairing crumbling trenches and improving defences. The landscape was covered with waterlogged shellholes. The various battalions took turns in the line and in reserve. The opposing German forces generally held higher ground and movement in the New Zealand lines was often observed and shelled or machine-gunned.

At the end of January 1918 the Otago Regiment stayed in several camps, including Otago Camp and Walker Camp. On February 8th the Regiment was ordered to return to the line in Polygonveld. The 2nd Battalion proceeded via Westhoek and the Butte to the front line of the Reutel sector. They held that position until they were relieved on the 16th of February and returned to dug-outs in Albania Woods.

Lance Corporal Stanley Laurence, still only 22, was killed in action on the day of the relief. A total of six men of the 2nd Otagos were killed on the 16th. Four men were killed along with Stanley. Another man succumbed of his wounds on the same day. Stanley’s service record states that he was buried, by reverend Herron at the Butte (J.10.a.70.80.) in Polygon Wood. However, his service record also mentions his burial at Polygon Wood Cemetery (J.4.c.40.20.), where he still rests today.

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Auckland Cenotaph
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Byrne, A.E., Official history of the Otago Regiment, NZEF in the Great War 1914-1918, Antony Rowe Ltd., Eastbourne, p. 265-271.
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Service Record
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The Long, Long Trail
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