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Nevertheless, he carried out his task of registering the battery on the road and engaging the enemy post. The enemy counter attacked with Infantry and tanks and he was cut off. He was forced to go to ground, but after dark succeeded in making his way back through enemy lines.

On the night of June 23rdth he was in charge of a pounder sent forward into our forward defended locality to silence an enemy anti-tank gun and post which had held up our attack. This he did and next morning the recapture of Merdjayoun was complete. Later at Damour on 6th July when our forward Infantry were pinned to the ground by heavy hostile machine gun fire, Lieutenant Cutler, regardless of all danger, went to bring a line to his outpost when he was seriously wounded.

Twenty-six hours elapsed before it was possible to rescue this Officer, whose wound by this time had become septic, necessitating the amputation of his leg. After the war he was appointed as High Commissioner to New Zealand. He married Helen Morris on 28 May While in New Zealand they had two sons, Roden and Anthony.

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Cutler then became ambassador to Ceylon where a third son, Richard, was born. When the Ceylon posting finished, Cutler was appointed head of Australia's legation to Egypt where he and Helen had another son, Mark. He was then knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Cutler retired from the governorship in , during his career he had been created a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and a Knight in the Order of Australia as well as being the recipient of many honorary degrees and holding positions on numerous boards.

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His wife died in November and he remarried in April Cutler was regarded with affection by many Australians and in he was honoured as one of three Australian living Victoria Cross winners to be commemorated on a stamp and coin issue. He died in February Born: 7 August , Wellington, New Zealand. In he joined the New Zealand contingent to the South African War, serving as a sergeant in the Border Horse; he was wounded at least once.

In Shout became a sergeant in the Cape Field Artillery. With his wife and daughter Shout moved to Australia in , settled at Darlington, Sydney, and worked as a carpenter and joiner. He joined the 29th Infantry Regiment militia in and obtained his commission on 16 June He was well-known in rifle-shooting circles. For most conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula. On the morning of the 9th August, , with a very small party, Captain Shout charged down trenches strongly occupied by the enemy, and personally threw four bombs among them, killing eight and routing the remainder.

In the afternoon of the same day, from the position gained in the morning he captured a further length of trench under similar conditions, and continued personally to bomb the enemy at close range under very heavy fire, until he was severely wounded, losing his right hand and left eye. This most gallant officer has since succumbed to his injuries.

She was first informed he had died, then that he was wounded and returning to Australia, then, finally, that he had died of wounds. It is now displayed at Victoria Barracks Museum, Paddington. Place of burial or cremation: At sea. Olga deserted her husband and children about After taking various jobs, he joined the Australian Regular Army in January Five months later he was sent to Korea as reinforcement for the 3 rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Next month he was promoted temporary sergeant.

Enlistment dates: 15 March , 17 January and 2 May When one of his platoons became heavily engaged with the enemy, he led the remainder of his company to its assistance. As the company moved forward, an Australian Warrant Officer commanding one of the platoons was seriously wounded and the assault began to falter. Warrant Officer Simpson, at great personal risk carried the Warrant Officer to safety. He then returned to his company where, with complete disregard for his safety, he crawled forward to within ten metres of the enemy and threw grenades into their positions.

Warrant Officer Simpson quickly organised two platoons and led them to the position of the contact. Warrant Officer Simpson came under heavy fire. Disregarding his own safety, he moved forward in the face of accurate enemy machine gun fire, in order to cover the initial evacuation of casualties. Realising the position was becoming untenable, Warrant Officer Simpson alone and still under enemy fire covered the withdrawal until the wounded were removed from the immediate vicinity.

His conspicuous gallantry was in the highest tradition of the Australian Army. At times he was diffident in company, at others direct and blunt. He was tough, fit and dependable, but also rude, mischievous and exasperating. A proud, moral and compassionate man who was devoted to his wife, he was completely free of pretension and had simple material needs. He was well read in tactics and military history, as indicated by his infantry skills. His colourful language was legendary. He obtained an administrative post in the Australian Embassy, Tokyo.

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Born: 9 September , Napier, New Zealand. In he joined the administrative staff of the University of Sydney and next year enrolled as a law student. For most conspicuous bravery, leadership, and devotion to duty when in charge of a platoon in attack. On emerging from the wood, the enemy trench line was encountered, and Lt. Storkey found himself with six men. While continuing his move forward, a large party—about 80 to strong—armed with several machine guns, was noticed to be holding up the advance of the troops on the right.

Storkey immediately decided to attack this party from the flank and rear, and, while moving forward in the attack was joined by Lt. Lipscomb and four men.

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Under the leadership of Lt. Storkey, this small party of two officers and ten other ranks charged the enemy position with fixed bayonets, driving the enemy out, killing and wounding about thirty, and capturing three officers and fifty men, also one machine gun. The splendid courage shown by this officer in quickly deciding his course of action, and his skilful method of attacking against such great odds, removed a dangerous obstacle to the advance of the troops on the right, and inspired the remainder of our small party with the utmost confidence when advancing to the objective line.

Resuming his studies at the university, he graduated LLB in while holding an appointment as associate to Justice Sir Charles Wade. Admitted to the Bar on 8 June, Storkey practised in common law before being appointed to the New South Wales Department of Justice as crown prosecutor for the south-western circuit. He held this post for eighteen years. In May he became district court judge and chairman of quarter sessions in the northern district of New South Wales. There he became an identity, making many friends and being recognized for his quick assessment of character and for his sound common sense.

In he retired and went to England with his wife to live at Teddington, Middlesex, where he died without issue on 3 October His wife survived him. Storkey bequeathed his Victoria Cross to his old school at Napier.


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Died: 3 October , Teddington, United Kingdom. He was educated at Croydon Park and Burwood public schools, served an apprenticeship in bricklaying and was working as a builder when he enlisted as a private in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 June Seeing a party of the enemy were likely to outflank his battalion, Cpl. Howell, on his own initiative, single handed and exposed to heavy bomb and rifle fire, climbed on to the top of the parapet, and proceeded to bomb the enemy, pressing them back along the trench. Having exhausted his stock of bombs, he continued to attack the enemy with his bayonet.

He was then severely wounded. The prompt action and gallant conduct of this NCO in the face of superior numbers was witnessed by the whole battalion, and greatly inspired them in the subsequent counter attack.

His father and two brothers, one of whom was killed in action, served in France with the AIF. Pty Ltd.

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In December he retired to Perth to join his married daughter and later lived at Gunyidi, Western Australia. Survived by one daughter, he died on 23 December in the Repatriation General Hospital, Hollywood, and was cremated with military honours after an Anglican service. His stay in the army was brief as, much to his surprise, he was accepted as a cadet in the Royal Australian Air Force on 15 July and sent to No. The Royal Air Force was seeking recently graduated officers such as Edwards; he and six others arrived in England and were granted short-service commissions on 21 August Edwards loved the club-like atmosphere of the pre-war RAF.

He soon became proficient on the new Blenheim bombers and was promoted to flying officer in May , but in August he flew into a cumulo-nimbus cloud and his aircraft iced up and went into an uncontrollable spin. He was critically injured and spent much of the following two years recovering, afraid that he would be unable to take part in World War II, which had broken out in September By sheer determination and constant pressure on the medical authorities, in April Edwards finally gained permission to resume flying.

Place of residence at time of enlistment: Fremantle, Western Australia [electorate of Fremantle]. Wing Commander Edwards, although handicapped by a physical disability resulting from a flying accident, has repeatedly displayed gallantry of the highest order in pressing home bombing attacks from very low heights against strongly defended objectives. On 4th July, he led an important attack on the Port of Bremen, one of the most heavily defended towns in Germany. This attack had to be made in daylight and there were no clouds to afford concealment.

During the approach to the German coast several enemy ships were sighted and Wing Commander - Edwards knew that his aircraft would be reported and that the defences would be in a state of readiness. Undaunted by this misfortune he brought his formation 50 miles overland to the target, flying at a height of little more than 50 feet, passing under high-tension cables, carrying away telegraph wires and finally passing through a formidable balloon barrage.

On reaching Bremen he was met with a hail of fire, all his aircraft being hit and four of them being destroyed. Nevertheless he made a most successful attack, and then with the greatest skill and coolness withdrew the surviving aircraft without further loss. Throughout the execution of this operation which he had planned personally with full knowledge of the risks entailed, Wing Commander Edwards displayed the highest possible standard of gallantry and determination.

He was engaged first in supporting the 14th Army in Burma and then, after being posted to Malaya and to Batavia Jakarta , in the rescue of prisoners of war and Dutch civilians from the troubled Netherlands East Indies. Having been mentioned in despatches, he was appointed OBE He spent the following years flying jet aircraft and instructing. In he was posted to command the large RAF station at Habbaniyah, Iraq, which was besieged during a military coup in He acquitted himself well in a tense situation and withdrew the force without casualties.


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In October that year he was made commandant of the Central Fighter Establishment, West Raynham, Norfolk, as an acting air commodore substantive 1 July In he attended the Imperial Defence College, London.

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