In Honour of Private George R. Storey
Photo: Private George Storey
[David Storey http://www.polygonwood.com/]
Western Australian FFFAIF member, Sandra Playle, has provided the website with an interesting newspaper article which completes the final chapter of the story of Private George Storey whose body was discovered at Zonnebeke, Belgium in September 2006.
The bodies of four other AIF men were also discovered buried with Private Storey. These 5 men became known as the Zonnebeke Five. The story behind the discovery of their bodies and the identification, so far, of 3 of these men can be read in 3 out 5 @ Zonnebeke
The descendents of Private George Storey gathered in King’s Park (Perth, W.A.) on 23 May 2009 for a ceremony to erect a plaque at the base of a tree to commemorate Private Storey’s death in the Battle of Polygon Wood in September 1917.
Details of the service and photos can be seen on the Polygon Wood – Website . Detailed information on the discovery and exhumation of the Zonnebeke Five can also be found on this site by clicking on Zonnebeke 5 on the bottom left of the webpage.
More information on the identification and burial of the Zonnebeke Five can be found at:
NEWS Item: Re-dedication
NEWS Item: Private Storey Photos
The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French governments for affording Australian and British soldiers buried in mass graves at Pheasant Wood by German soldiers following the Battle of Fromelles on 19/20 July 1916 dignified individual reburials in a new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds the joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.