Captain Percy Valentine Storkey

Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant
Birth Date 1891-09-09
Birth Place New Zealand: North Island, Hawke's Bay, Napier
Death Date 1969-10-03
Death Place United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Teddington
Final Rank Captain
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-11-07
Published in London Gazette in 1918-06-07

New Zealand-born Percy Storkey (1893-1969) put university studies aside to enlist in Sydney in 1915. By 1918 he was a battle-scarred (twice wounded) and respected platoon commander.

In an important but ill-fated attack beyond Villers-Bretonneux, a few days after the first German attempt to take the town had been defeated, Storkey bravely led bayonet assaults against enemy machine-gun positions. The initial success obtained in the battle was largely due to his efforts. He joined a law practice after the war and later became a judge.



Date of birth 09 September 1891
Date of embarkation 20 December 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date of honour or award 07 April 1918 Awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Hangard Wood, France whilst serving with 19 Battalion, 5 Brigade, 2 Division as a Lieutenant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 11 April 1918
Date of death 03 October 1969