Friday, 14 September 2018

C A Storr 4892

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Charles Allan STORR

Service number: 4892.  Age: 19 years 3 months.  Enlisted: 16 Sep 1915.
Occupation: Butter maker.  Next of kin: (mother) Mrs E. Storr.
Address on enlistment:  Bribie View.

 2 Aug 1916: Australian soldiers crowd the deck of the troopship Arcadian which is
transporting them from Alexandria to Egypt to Marseilles in France.

Service Summary:
16 Sep 1915: 15 reinforcement 9 Battalion.

29 Jul 1916: Embarked on Arcadian.

28 Nov 1916: Taken on strength 26 Battalion.

2 Dec 1916: Taken on strength 9 Battalion. (Older brother Arthur was in 9 Battalion).

“In 1917 the battalion moved back to Belgium for the advance to the Hindenburg Line, and in March and April 1918 helped stop the German spring offensive. The battalion participated in the great allied offensive of 1918 and fought near Amiens on 8 August. The advance by British and empire troops was the greatest success in a single day on the Western Front, one that German General Erich Ludendorff described as ‘the black day of the German Army in this war’.

The battalion continued operations until late September 1918. At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent. The November armistice was followed by the peace treaty of Versailles, signed on 28 June 1919.

In November 1918 members of the AIF began to return to Australia for demobilisation and discharge. On 5 February 1919, the 9th and 10th Battalions were amalgamated.”[2]

5 Jul 1919: Returned to Australia on HT Ypiringa.

21 Aug 1919: Discharged.

Life Summary:
Charles Allan Storr (1896-1991) was the son of John Storr (1856-1942) and Elizabeth Jones (1857-1948) who resided at Bribie View.

Charles Storr was working as a butter maker and living in Laidley when he enlisted on 16 Sep 1915, the youngest of three Storr brothers to enlist. His gave his age as 21 years 3 months however he was only 19 years 3 months.

After the First World War, Charles Storr returned to Bribie View where he continued his occupation as dairyman. Many years later he relocated to Laidley. Charles Storr, aged 94, died 26 May 1991.

Charles Allan Storr is remembered on a memorial plaque in the Peachester Cemetery, together with his brothers Arthur William Storr and Francis Harold Storr.

Storr family after First World War.
Charles Allan Storr
 (right back row) and Francis Harold Storr (left back row).[3]

[1] Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial P02321.052
[2] Australian War Memorial 9th Australian Infantry Battalion
[3] Photo and caption: State Library of Queensland negative #170251

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