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Brian Turner Tom Lawrence

Brian Turner Tom Lawrence VC [1] (9 November 1873 - 7 June 1949) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.



Born in Bewdley, Worcestershire, the eldest of five brothers, and the son of Hannah and John Lawrence, a timber merchant of Park Lane, Kidderminster. Lawrence was a former pupil of King Charles I Grammar School, Kidderminster.

Lawrence was 26 years old, and a sergeant in the 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own), British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On the 7th August, 1900, when on patrol duty near Essenbosch Farm, Sergeant Lawrence and a Private Hayman were attacked by 12 or 14 Boers. Private Hayman's horse was shot, and the man was thrown, dislocating his shoulder. Sergeant Lawrence at once came to his assistance, extriacted him from under the horse, put him on his own horse and sent him on to the picket. Sergeant Lawrence took the soldier's carbine, and wiih his own carbine as well, kept the Boers off until Private Hayman was safely out of range. He then retired for some two miles on foot, followed by the Boers, and keeping them off till assistance arrived.[2]

Further information

He was decorated by King Edward in London in 1902. He later served in the 1914-18 and 1939-45 wars and reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the 18th Royal Hussars (later 13th/18th Royal Hussars).


He competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics for Great Britain in eventing. He did not finish the Individual eventing (Military) competition, also the British team did not finish the team event.

The medal

The medal is in the VC collection of Lord Ashcroft.


  1. The British Olympic Association spells his name Bryan.
  2. London Gazette: no. 27266, p. 5086, 15 January 1901. Retrieved on 30 October 2009.
  • Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
  • The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
  • Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 2000)


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