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Percy Valentine Storkey

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Portrait of Captain Percy Valentine Storkey VC taken at Deighton Studio, Napier, c.1918. Australian War Memorial, P02939.028. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Percy Valentine AWMM
  • Surname
    Storkey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 September 1891 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra NapierHawkes Bay Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 10 May 1915 AWMM University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mr S.J. Storkey (father), Nelson Crescent, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 May 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
    Wellington Battalion 5 years AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
      Victoria Cross (VC). London Gazette no. 30733. 7 June 1918. Bois de Hangard, France. 'For most conspicuous bravery, leadership, and devotion to duty when in charge of a platoon in attack. On emerging from the wood, the enemy trench line was encountered, and Lieutenant Storkey found himself with six men. While continuing his move forward, a large enemy party - about 80 to 100 strong - armed with several machine guns, was noticed to be holding up the advance of the troops on the rright. Lieutenant Storkey immediately decided to attack this party from the flank and rear, and, while moving forward in the attack was joined by Lieutenant Lipscomb and four men. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Storkey, this small party of two officers and ten other ranks charged the enemy position with fixed bayonets, driving the enemy out, killing and wounding about thirty, and capturing three officers and fifty men, also one machine gun. The splendid courage shown by this officer in quickly deciding his course of action, and his skilful method of attacking against such great odds, removed a dangerous obstacle to the advance of the troops on the right, and inspired the remainder of our small party with the utmost confidence when advancing to the objective line.' 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173- 07/11/1918 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 18 May 1915 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Age 23 AWMM
    Law student/Civilian Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    LiverpoolNew South Wales Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      136 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      32 expanded 35.5 inches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded 14 November 1916 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      GSW thigh 21 November 1916, hospital AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded 10 October 1917 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended Napier Boy's High School.

    Embarked Sydney, 23 December 1915; disembarked England (date not recorded). Proceeded overseas to France, 7 November 1916; taken on strength, 19th Bn, 14 November 1916.
    Wounded in action, Flers, France, 23 Septemb14 November 1916 (gun shot wound, thigh); admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 15 November 1916; transferred to Ambulance Train, 16 November 1916; to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 17 November 1916; to England, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 21 November 1918; to 5th Auxiliary Hospital, Welwyn, 6 January 1917; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 30 January 1917. Placed on Seconded List, 14 November 1916; promoted Lieutenant and to remain on Seconded List, 18 December 1916.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 5 July 1917; rejoined unit, 13 July 1917, and restored to establishment.
    Wounded in action (2nd occasion), Menin Road, Belgium, 10 October 1917 (gun shot wound, ankle), and admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train to 7th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 11 October 1917 (bruised ankle); transferred to England, 13 October 1917, and admitted same day to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 8 November 1917. Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 16 November 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 3 December 1917; rejoined unit, Belgium, 11 December 1917.
    Awarded the Victoria Cross.
    Promoted Captain, 10 July 1918.
    To United Kingdom on leave, 3 July 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 27 July 1918. On Command to United Kingdom, 28 July 1918.
    Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 23 September 1918 (furlough); disembarked Melbourne, 26 November 1918, for overland travel to Sydney; appointment terminated, 31 January 1919.
    Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
    Awarded the Victoria Cross 11 June 1918

    Listed promotion to Captain 21 June 1918

    His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand. Percy Storkey VC Memorial Trust AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    3 October 1969 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    TeddingtonLondon Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    South West Middlesex Crematorium (Hanworth Crematorium), Hanworth, England AWMM
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