Francis William Porter, MM

With thanks to Bruce Kettles for supplying the service file


Jan 29, 1891

Born to Aubry and Margaret Ellen (nee Collett) Porter at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire England


Sep 1, 1913

Married to Edith Eleanor Porter (maiden name and location of wedding not known)


Mar 14, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number 633789

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Edith Porter (wife) of 19 Lorne Ave, Ottawa Ontario

o       This later changed to Whempstone Cottage, North Straftord-on-Avon, England.  She was living with his mother so that she could be closer to her husband

Ø      Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the HMS Mauretania at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Witley


Jan 25, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion at Witley


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 10, 1917

Left the CIBD to join his unit


Jun 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion. 

The Battalion was billeted in the Coupigny Huts carrying out training and sports activities in the Barlin Training Area


Nov 11, 1917

Admitted to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance diagnosed with a Septic finger on his right hand.  He was transferred the same day to the No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 12, 1917

Transferred via the AT 36 (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No 4 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to the No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Nov 26, 1917

Transferred to the No 14 Convalescent Depot at Trouville


Dec 30, 1917

Discharged to the Base Depot


Jan 2, 1918

TOS No 2 CIBD at Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Jan 16, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Jan 21, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion 

The Battalion was in the front line trenches at La Coulotte


Feb 2, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 14, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 11, 1918                 Killed in action


Headstone photo by Randy Byers

Niagara Cemetery
Iwuy France


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31142


This was awarded for acts of gallantry during the attack at Marcelcave on August 8, 1918.  On this same date the Battalion’s Commanding Officer, L/Col EW Jones, DSOwBar, was killed by a machine gun bullet to the chest.


Jul 30, 1920

A Memorial Cross was sent to his widow, Mrs Edith Porter at Stratford-on-Avon along with the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll 

At the same time, a Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Margaret Porter, at the same address in Stratford-on-Avon


Nov 22, 1921

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his wife at Stratford-on-Avon 

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