Storer, John Reginald and William Harold

 John Reginald Storer

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John Reginald STORER

Regimental number 1047
Place of birth Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
School Leichhardt Public School, New South Wales
Religion Church of England
Occupation Engineer
Address 23 Prospect Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 19
Next of kin Father, William Edgar Storer, 23 Prospect Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date 5 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 28 April 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 19th Battalion, C Company
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 5 October 1918
Age at death 22
Age at death from cemetery records 22
Place of burial No known grave
Commemoration details Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, FranceVillers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground (‘Hill 104’) behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The ‘blocking course’ above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys’ school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial
173
Miscellaneous information from
cemetery records
Parents: William Edgar and Alice Elizabeth STORER, ‘Camden’, Broadford Street, Bexley, New South Wales
Medals Military Medal

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, especially since Battalion moved to SOMME Area early in April, 1918. During the gas shell bombardment at VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 27th July, 1918, his skilful handling of the platoon whilst under the bombardment and his prompt actions afterwards resulted in the casualties being light. Though badly shaken and weary he took great precaution to minimise the effects of gas, went to a dressing station, found out what to do and applied preventative measures to the platoon. On 8th August, 1918, he showed remarkable courage in working under heavy fire and in making a road reconnaissance. This N.C.O. has been through all forward operations we have been in since April and during operations incidental to capture of MONT ST. QUENTIN he commanded a platoon that did splendid work in repairing forward roads.’
Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Bar to Military Medal

‘For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 8th August 1918 during operations east of Amiens. He reconnoitred the road to Cerisy Gailly moving with the advancing infantry and coming under machine gun and rifle fire, and later he again showed great determination, coolness and devotion to duty in repairing road in vicinity of GAILLY CROSS where he and his party came under shell fire and close enfilade machine gun fire, which played on the road where they were. He showed absolute disregard for danger and by his example kept the men at work on repairs urgently needed so that the 18 pdrs could get forward. In this operation and the operations leading up to it Sergeant Storer has shown unfailing devotion to duty.’
Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919
Family/military connections Brother: Lt William Edgar STORER, 13th Bn, killed in action, 21 February 1917.
Other details War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western FrontMedals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

John R Storer on donkey - killed in WW1 France

John R Storer on donkey - killed in WW1 France

John R Storer on donkey - killed in WW1 France

John Reginald Storer

William Edgar Harold Storer

 

 
William Edgar Harvey STORER

Place of birth Surry Hills, New South Wales
School Leichhardt Public School, New South Wales
Religion Church of England
Occupation Engineer
Address ‘Morvale’, 23 Prospect Street, Leichhardt, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 23
Next of kin Mother, Mrs A E Storer, ‘Morvale’, 23 Prospect Street, Leichhardt, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military service Served as Lieutenant in Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date 11 July 1915
Rank on enlistment 2nd Lieutenant
Unit name 13th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/30/4
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll 13th Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 21 February 1917
Place of death or wounding Guedecourt, near Bapaume, France
Age at death 24
Age at death from cemetery records 24
Place of burial Bancourt British Cemetery (Plot XII, Row A, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial
20
Miscellaneous information from
cemetery records
Commemorated in Woronora Cemetery, New South Wales. (Name on family headstone: W.E. Harry STORER) Parents: William Edgar and Alice Elizabeth STORER. Native of Sydney, New South Wales
Family/military connections Brother: 1047 Sergeant John Reginald STORER MM & Bar, 2nd Pioneer Bn, killed in action, 5 October 1918.
Other details War service: Western FrontMedals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

William H Storer in Egypt

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One thought on “Storer, John Reginald and William Harold

  1. Thank you for remembering Great Uncles Harry (William Edgar) and Jack (John Reginald) Storer.
    I have just stumbled on your site today and have found the photo of Jack on the donkey, fabulous for the family to
    have.
    There are a number of the family who have researched ‘the boys’ and this history will be passed on for the
    generations .
    For your information….the Military Medal + bar (John Reginald Storer) was donated to the Australian War Memorial for all to see.

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