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George Brenton Laurie was a highly distinguished author and army officer, who proved himself in many fields of combat. Laurie spent his childhood in Oakfield, Nova Scotia, before receiving his first commission in the Royal IrishRifles in 1885.

Laurie proved himself a more than capable soldier and leader during the years of the Boer War, where he commanded a mounted infantry battalion. Laurie continued to thrive and was awarded the Queens Medal with five clasps for his actions.

Laurie later served in the Great War, acting as Colonel. He fought bravely until 12 March 1915 where he was shot leading his troops in an assault at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.