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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 20 December 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

A05323

A montage of officer's portraits presented to Lieutenant Colonel W K S McKenzie DSO by the Officers of the 19th Battalion AIF 1915-1916. Identified left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) J F Weedon; Lt A A Cooke MM; Lt L R M Irvine; Lt A C Bird; Lt J C Browning. Seventh row: Lt L P Israel; Lt...

A05323

D00006

Group portrait of eleven First World War Victoria Cross recipients at AIF Administrative Headquarters, Horseferry Road. Identified, from left to right, back row: 2902 Sergeant (Sgt) John Woods Whittle VC DCM, 12th Battalion, 1804 Lance Corporal (LCpl) John Carroll VC, 33rd Battalion, 4195 Corporal...

D00006

D00017

Informal portrait of Captain P V Storkey VC, of 19th Battalion.

D00017

D00017A

Portrait of Captain P V Storkey VC, of 19th Battalion.

D00017A

P00297.001

PHOTOMONTAGE, BEING A PHOTOGRAPH PRESENTED TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL W.K.S. MCKENZIE DSO BY OFFICERS OF THE 19TH BATTALION WHO SERVED WITH THE BATTALION DURING 1915-1916. OFFICERS APPEARING IN THE PHOTOGRAPH AND LISTED LEFT TO RIGHT AND TOP TO BOTTOM ARE; TOP ROW: LIEUTENANT (LT) J. F. WEEDON, LT A A....

P00297.001

P02939.028

Napier, New Zealand. c 1919. Studio portrait of Captain (Capt) Percy Valentine Storkey VC, 19th Battalion. Capt Storkey was awarded the Victoria Cross as a Lieutenant (Lt) for "most conspicuous bravery, leadership, and devotion to duty when in charge of a platoon attack" on 7 April 1918 at Bois de...

P02939.028

E02595

Group portrait of officers of the 19th Battalion. Back row, left to right: Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Percy David Jones MC DCM; Lieutenant (Lt) Hunter Wharton Kirke MC; Lt Aldous Arthur Cooke MM; Lt Martin Hayes MC; Lt Reginald James Fitzroy MC; Lt Edwin Lewis Hall MC. Middle row: Lt James Thomas...

E02595

A04827

Portrait of Captain P. V. Storkey VC 19 Battalion AIF who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the attack of the 5th Brigade on Hangard Wood, France, on 7 April 1918.

A04827

Private Record

Timeline

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