Friday, 14 September 2018

A W Storr 4891

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Arthur William STORR

Service number: 4891.  Age: 27 years 9 months.  Enlisted: 14 Sep 1915.
Occupation: Surveyor’s assistant.  Next of kin: (father) Mr John Storr.
Address on enlistment:  Bribie View.

 Troops on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth prior to departure. 
An officer and sentries stand along the edge of the wharf. [1]

Service Summary:

14 Sep 1915: 15 reinforcement 9 Battalion.

28 Mar 1916: Embarked at Brisbane on HMAT A73 Commonwealth.

2 Dec 1916: Taken on strength 9 Battalion in France.

26 Mar 1917: Killed in action at Lagincourt.

“After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the battalion returned to Egypt. It was split to help form the 49th Battalion and bought up to strength with reinforcements. In March 1916 the battalion sailed for France and the Western Front. From then until 1918 the battalion took part in operations against the German Army. The battalion's first major action in France was at Pozieres in the Somme valley. The 9th Battalion attacked on the extreme right of the line and it was during this action that Private John Leak won, with the bayonet, the battalion's only Victoria Cross. Later the battalion fought at Ypres, in Flanders, before returning to the Somme for winter.” [2] (Continues with Charles Allan Storr).

Roll of Honour: Arthur William Storr's name is located at panel 109 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.[3]

Life Summary:
Arthur William Storr (1887-1917) was the son of John Storr (1856-1942) and Elizabeth Jones (1857-1948) who resided at Bribie View. He was working as a surveyor’s assistant and enlisted from Bribie[4] on 14 Sep 1915. Both he and his brother, Charles Allan Storr [4892], embarked with 15 reinforcement 9 Battalion from Brisbane in Mar 1916. A third brother, Francis Harold Storr [653] also enlisted.

Arthur William Storr was killed in action in battle in France on 26 Mar 1917 and is remembered on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Picardie, France. He is also remembered on a memorial plaque in the Peachester Cemetery, together with his brothers Francis Harold Storr and Charles Allen Storr.

Memorial in the Peachester Cemetery[5]

[1] Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial PB0366
[2] Australian War Memorial 9th Australian Infantry Battalion
[4] Laidley Notes. Military News. Word was received that Pte Arthur Storr had been killed in action in France on 26 Mar. Pte A. Storr was one of three brothers at the front. He enlisted from Bribie in Oct, 1915. Queensland Times, 5 Jun 1917.

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