FREE Wilfred Laughton
33144, Sergeant, 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
30 August 1918
For gallantry and consistent devotion to duty.  During the attack on Fremicourt he was in charge of two platoons, and by good leadership brought them into position for the final assault.  After consolidating he took charge of the right half of the line and patrolled from post to post under an intense machine-gun barrage.  When the enemy counter-attacked with tanks the next morning he kept personal touch with his posts, and held them in position until the tanks were caused to withdraw.  Throughout the operation his work was excellent

AWARDS
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Distinguished Conduct Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal
War Medal 1939-45
NZ War Service Medal

NOTES
Born 26 November 1896, Reefton, NZ
Died 3 December 1975, Masterton, NZ
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