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SDGW does this include Australians?


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You can also access his Red Cross Missing and Wounded file at the AWM website:


It will give you eyewitness accounts of his death and burial.


Tim L.

P.S. The AWM Embarkation Roll shows George had a brother 2489 Private Jack Latham STOREY who was also a member of the 51st Bn. It also lists their mother as Hannah Maria STOREY from Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia.

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Remembering the sacrifice of George Storey who died today 91 years ago, and who's commemoration I shall be attending.

I had the pleasure in meeting 2 of his nephews today, I shall be taking photographs for Johan at the ceremony when they put in place the new named headstone.

Thank you George

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From West Australian Newspapers website.


Brothers embark on emotional journey for lost uncle

30th September 2008, 6:00 WST

Belgium bone collector Johan Vandewalle at the new grave of WWI digger George Storey and the Zonnebeke Five. Picture: Jenni Storey

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Like two Storey brothers nine decades before them, West Australians David and Geoff Storey embark on an emotional journey to the battlefields of Flanders today.

In 1916 their father Jack Storey and his brother George joined the 51st Battalion to fight in one of the most brutal campaigns of World War I – the Battle of Passchendaele.

In June the following year both Subiaco brothers were wounded. Jack was shipped off to England with a gunshot injury to the thigh, but George remained and was part of an Australian contingent tasked with holding a strategic piece of Belgian land known as Polygon Wood. More than 5700 Diggers died in the September 26 offensive but the position was taken and held. A few days later 22-year-old George Storey was killed by a shell during mopping up operations.

“Pte Storey and his comrades were buried in the field at Westhoek Ridge where they fell,” says his army service record. But, like the 80,000 soldiers of the British Empire whose bodies were never recovered after Passchendaele, George Storey joined the ranks of those with “no known grave”.

But all that changed two years ago when the remains of five soldiers were uncovered during excavation works. After an exasperating 18-month identification process, George Storey was identified by DNA as “soldier number one” from a group that has become known locally as the Zonnebeke Five.

This afternoon, on the 91st anniversary of his death, his nephews David and Geoff will join the Australian and Belgian military for a ceremony at Buttes Cemetery, “just up the hill” from where he died.

David Storey, of Menora, said he was relieved that 18 months of uncertainty had ended.

“I’m excited that after years of genealogical research George has turned from a fact on a dusty piece of paper into a real person,” he said. “Today at long last we’ll be able to say both hello and goodbye and he will finally be at rest with his mates.”

Geoff Storey agreed emotions leading up to today’s ceremony were mixed.

“It feels like we’re just getting to meet him for the first time, while at the same time we’re saying goodbye,” said Mr Storey, of Bridgetown. “I can’t help but think of my grandmother who must have gone through terrible agonies on the home front with George dead and his brother, my father, badly wounded.

“This provides some degree of closure to a part of the family’s history that has, until now, remained a mystery.”

Military research shows that the site where the Diggers’ remains were unearthed was a temporary burial ground for Australian soldiers. It is believed that the Zonnebeke Five were missed by clearance teams after the war.

Johan Vandewalle, the Belgian man tasked with excavating the bodies from the 60cm-deep hole, said four sets of remains including Pte Storey’s were wrapped in a field blanket with their arms crossed over their lower stomach then bound in signal wire. Another was tightly wrapped in a heavier ground sheet and his remains were almost mummified.

“To hold the bones of these soldiers in my own hands was, well it was something very serious for me,” he said. “I saw them, I touched them, I smelled them – now there is nothing left for me to do.

“I found a Rising Sun badge on George Storey and he had a complete set of very white teeth and inside his skull his brain was perfectly preserved and dry like a sponge.

“His boots were muddy but still in tact.

“The further I went the more emotional I became – they were all so perfect.”

DNA samples from relatives identified two sets of the remains last year as Sgt George Calder, of Victoria, and Pte John Hunter, of Queensland, but no close female relative meant Pte Storey and two others could not be positively identified.

However, earlier this year Belgium’s National Institute for Criminology revealed a breakthrough using the DNA of a close male relative.

Brussels-based scientist Dr Christine DeGreef said a saliva swab from David Storey had provided a positive match using a Y-chromosome DNA technique.

The remains of all five Diggers were reinterred at Butte Cemetery last year on the 90th anniversary of the battle.

“My uncle was buried as an unknown solider then, but now they are changing his headstone and he can be properly laid to rest,” David Storey said.



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I had the pleasure of going to the service, slight rain but it seemed as it should be and fitting, teh brothers laid a wreath together which was very moving to watch.

The Australian Major General was very impressive I can see why people went over the top when you look at a chap with his character.

I have kept a copy of the order of service, this will go alongside my photo of Harry Patch.

I made a gift of two portrait drawings of George Storey to the two nephews, which they seemed to like.


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and a more recent digger coming in from the missing... the last outsanding Australian soldier from Vietnam

Soren, yes David Fisher is our last Vietnam War soldier that was missing, but we still have two RAAF officers everyone si trying to find.



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