Francis STOREY

Year of Birth:  1883

Place of Birth:  Tuakau, New Zealand

Date of Enlistment:  18 October 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  17 November 1916, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Kyarra A55

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  41st Australian Infantry Battalion; 1 to 6 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  2659

Died:  5 August 1917

Francis Storey was born in New Zealand to William Storey and Maria Dynes, the eldest of 4 children, Mabel born 1884, Sarah Elizabeth 1887 and Ethel Maria 1888.

In 1916 Francis was a farmer in Malanda, Queensland and named Mr. Stanley Arthur Davies, also a farmer in Malanda, as the executor of his will.

On his enlistment in Cairns, his age was 35, occupation a farmer, next of kin his mother Mrs Maria Storey, Waiterimu, Waikato, Auckland, New Zealand. His height was 6 feet, weighed 173 pounds with dark complexion, grey eyes with brown hair. His religion was Church of England.

Prior to his service in the 41st Battalion, Francis served in the Far North Queensland Kennedy Regiment, known as the Dirty 500.  Members of the Dirty 500, including Francis, landed on Thursday Island on 16 August 1914 from the troopship “Kanowna”, to take part in the capture of German New Guinea. An incident on board the “Kanowna” involving the firemen forced the immediate return of the troops to Townsville on 18 August 1914; Francis was discharged the same day.

On the 2nd August 1917 Francis Storey was reported missing in France, then  killed in action 5 August 1917 in Belgium. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.


41st Infantry Battalion – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial



HMAT Kyrarra A55 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


AWM – Red Cross Wounded & Missing


NAA: B2455


Online Resources

New Zealand Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Kyrara A55, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Storey Francis, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial- photo P01194.003

Australian War Memorial; Red Cross Wounded & Missing

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia


Other Resources

The First Expeditionary Force: the Thursday Island Expedition: a collection of reference documents. Denis Bird, 2015 [CDFHS Library]


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