Saturday, 5 April 2014

Harold Porter 1889-1917

Harold's Medal Card showing his date of arrival in France (from Ancestry)

1889 at Stairfoot, Barnsley

Son of:
William Henry Porter b.1861 Aldam Mill, Wombwell d.1934 Cudworth

1911: 50 Lunn Road, Cudworth, a Coal Miner at Monk Bretton Colliery
married at St Paul's, Monk Bretton on 25 August 1881 to
Susannah Porter (maiden name Walker) b.1861 Monk Bretton d.1942 Cudworth

Position in family: The fourth of 8 children (one had died before 1911)
1. Arthur Porter b.1882
2. William Henry Porter b.1885 WW1 SERVICE d.1948 Cudworth

3. Edgar Porter b.1886 WW1 WOUNDED d. 1964 Cudworth
4. Harold Porter b.1889 WW1 KILLED
5. Cora E Porter b.1892
6. Lawrence Porter b.1894
7. Frank Porter b.1896
8. Lilian Irene Porter b.1901 d.1908

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 33 Gordon Street, Stairfoot, aged 1
1901: Gregg Row, Stairfoot, aged 12, Scholar
1911: 50 Lunn Road, Cudworth, aged 21, Coal Miner at Grimethorpe Colliery

Marriage: Harold was unmarried

Military Service:
Enlisted: ?

Arrived in France on 24 March 1915
Regiment and Battalion:    Royal Army Medical Corp 108th Field Ambulance
Service number and rank:  10627 Private
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death:     10 October 1917 near Havrincourt, France, aged 28 years
Buried at: Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery
Grave Reference: F 2

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Porter, of 50, Lunn Rd., Cudworth, Barnsley.


Cudworth Cemetery, Harold Porter RAMC
Cudworth Wesleyan Methodist Church, Fallen Scholars Memorial Tablet 

Cudworth Wesleyan Methodist Church, Harold Porter - tablet 
Cudworth War Memorial, St John's Church, Cudworth
His brothers William and Edgar both enlisted in September 1914 so as Harold was sent to France in early 1915 it seems likely he enlisted early in the war too.

Edgar was discharged in April 1917 having been wounded.  William served throughout the war.

Harold left a will.
Probate Calendar Entry 1919  for Harold Porter (from Ancestry)

The Cudworth Local History and Heritage Group's book, Lest Cudworth Forgets, includes information on Harold.

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