Francis (Hack) STOREY

STOREY, Francis

Service Numbers: 1958, 2659
Enlisted: 14 August 1914, Thursday Island, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Tuakau, Auckland, New Zealand, 7 June 1883
Home Town: Malanda, Tablelands, Queensland
Schooling: Tuakau Public School, New Zealand
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 5 August 1917, aged 34 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Atherton War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane 41st Battalion Roll of Honour, Cairns Boys' State School, Cairns Cenotaph, Malanda Eacham Memorial Gates, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1914: Enlisted Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Private, 1958, Thursday Island, Queensland
18 Sep 1914: Discharged Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Private, 1958, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, Did not participate in the capture of German New Guinea
18 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2659, Cairns, Queensland
17 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2659, 41st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Kyarra embarkation_ship_number: A55 public_note: ''
17 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2659, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
5 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, 2659, 41st Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force.

In August 1914, 1958 Private Francis Storey was mobilised for War Service with the 2nd Infantry Regiment, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) to take part in the capture of German held New Guinea. Private Storey was one of forty-nine other members of the Yungaburra Rifle Club who volunteered for service that embarked from Cairns on the 8 August 1914 for Thursday Island, (War Station) Garrison Duty.

This action was short lived as the troops who re-embarked on the 'Kanowna' at Thursday Island for New Guinea on 16 August returned to the Port of Townsville two days later due to the trouble caused by the crew on this troopship. It is believed that there had been no consultation about whether or not they wished to participate in possible military action and as a result there was considerable discontentment amongst the crew on board.

Private Francis Story did not play a part in the capture of German held New Guinea and was discharged on the 18 September 1914 from the AN&MEF. Private Francis Storey's service for this action lasted a little longer than four weeks.

'Malanda Notes.

Since my last notes, several volunteers have left for Enoggera, including Mr. Frank [Francis] Story, our timber loader. He was a very popular young fellow, and all and sundry hopes he will come back safe and sound again. A large number of compulsory trainees also left for the Townsville camp. A social was organised by the young ladies of this town on October 28 for the double purpose of a send off to trainees and volunteers, and to raise funds for the purpose of providing, camp comforts to them while in camp. It is proposed to hold similar socials every month.' from Townsville Daily Bulletin 13 Nov 1916 (