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Percy Valentine Storkey
Birth: Sep. 9, 1893
Napier, New Zealand
Death: Oct. 3, 1969
Greater London, England

World War I Victoria Cross recipient. Storkey was educated at Napier Boys' Grammar School and Victoria College, Wellington. He moved to Sydney in 1911 and enrolled as a law student in 1913. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a private on May 10, 1915 and was commissioned second lieutenant in September. He embarked aboard HMAT A29 Suevic with reinforcements for the 19th Australian Infantry Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Australian Division on December 20. On arrival in England he underwent further training before leaving for France on November 7, 1916. On November 14 he joined the 19th Battalion in France and five days later, in an attack near Flers he was wounded and evacuated to England. He was promoted lieutenant in January 1917 but did nor rejoin his battalion until July 13. He was wounded for a second time on October 10, was again evacuated to England but was back with his battalion on December 11. On April 7, 1918, the 19th Battalion was assigned to clear the area north of Hangard Wood, near Villers-Bretonneux. The wood was said to be 'lightly held' but the attack soon faced heavy machine-gun fire. When the company commander was wounded, Storkey took over and led a small group through head-high saplings into a clearing behind the Germans who were firing at the rest of his men. Storkey and his men instantly charged the Germans before they had time to react. His party killed or wounded thirty of them before the remaining fifty men surrendered. His confident and determined leadership had given the impression that he led a larger force than the handful visible to the Germans. He was awarded the Victoria Cross. In May, he was promoted captain. He arrived back in Australia in November and his AIF appointment ended in January 1919. He resumed his university studies graduating in law and being admitted to the bar in 1921. On April 15, 1922 he married an English-born Minnie Mary Gordon, née Burnett, at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Sydney. Storkey served as a New South Wales Department of Justice crown prosecutor until May 1939 when he became district court judge and chairman of quarter sessions in the northern district of New South Wales. He retired in 1955 and with his wife went to England to live at Teddington, Middlesex, where he died in 1969. He was survived by his wife. (bio by: Anthony Staunton) 
South West Middlesex Crematorium
London Borough of Hounslow
Greater London, England
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