Biography

Birth date: 09 September 1891
Birth place: New Zealand: North Island, Napier
Death date: 03 October 1969
Death place: United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Teddington
Final rank: Captain
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 20 December 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Recommended for: Military Cross
  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Date of birth 1891-09-09
Date of embarkation 1915-12-20
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date of honour or award 1918-04-07 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 1918-04-11
Date of death 1969-10-03