GW101B Lt Percy Storkey 19th Battalion AIF
Lt Percy Storkey 19th Battalion AIF, was a New Zealander living in Australia when war broke out. He enlisted in the Australian army and was awarded the VC in 1918 by King George V as follows:
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 Lt. 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 right. Lt. Storkey immediately decided to attack this party from the flank and rear, and while moving forward in the attack was joined by Lt. Lipscomb and four other men.
Under the leadership of Lt. 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 taking possession of one machine gun. The splendid courage shown by this officer in quickly deciding his course of action, and his skillful 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.
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