Lt. Samuel Porter

Samuel Porter was born in Stratford, Essex on March 5, 1889. He was the youngest of five children and his father, Linton Porter, was a train driver.

He joined the 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment on July 2, 1915 in Gallipoli as they were going into the trenches. He was 26 years old.

The following passage is from De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour and has been slightly modified for clarity:

PORTER, SAMUEL. Lieut., 11th (Service) Battn. The York and Lancaster Regt., attached 1/9th (Territorial) Battn. The Manchester Regiment., son of Linton Porter, by his wife, Clara, daughter of Daniel Welderspen. Born Stratford, East London, 5 March 1889. Educated at Downsell Road Council School, East Layton; Pupil Teachers’ Centre, East Laytonstone, and King’s College London WC, where he graduated B.Sc. Was Science Master at Belper Secondary School. Joined the Leeds University OTC in September 1914; Gazetted 2nd Lieut. The York and Lancaster Regt. in December of the same year. Served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli. Became attached to the 9th Battn. The Manchester Regiment, and was killed in action at Krithia Nulla 7th August, 1915. Buried there. A brother officer wrote: “Detailed with another officer to lead a charge, he was the first to mount the parapet of the trench, when a Turkish bullet struck him in the head, and he dropped back on to the firing step of the trench, dead.”

Lt. Samuel Porter, 11th (Service) Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment, was 26 years old and was killed in action on August 7, 1915 at the Battle of Krithia Vineyard. He is buried in the Redoubt Cemetery.

Redoubt Cemetery