Brian Turner Tom Lawrence

Brian Turner Tom Lawrence
Born 9 November 1873
Bewdley, Worcestershire
Died 7 June 1949 (aged 75)
Nakuru, Kenya
Buried at Nakuru Crematorium
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit 17th Lancers
18th Royal Hussars
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
King Faisal War Medal (Iraq)
Other work Eventing competitor for Great Britain in the 1912 Summer Olympics

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 15, Lower Park, Bewdley. 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 with 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]


He was decorated by King Edward in London in 1902. Lawrence later served in World War I and World War II 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 on display at the Lord Ashcroft VC Gallery in the Imperial War Museum in London.

Notes and references

  1. The British Olympic Association spells his name Bryan.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27266. p. 5086. 15 January 1901. Retrieved 30 October 2009.

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