Adelaide Street, Bingley Street School, Chillington Edge-Tool Works, France, Fred Porter, Harry Porter, Jeffcock Road, Joseph Porter, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Midland Counties Express, Northumberland Fusiliers, Pool Street, South Staffordshire Regiment
These are the sons of Benjamin and Sarah A. Porter, and brothers of Benjamin. They were living at 26 Pool Street in 1901, with their sister, Olive, and at the back of 97 Pool Street in 1911, with younger siblings Albert and May.
Joseph Henry was born in Wolverhampton on 6 February 1891. By 1911 he was living with his aunt, Minnie Morris, at 43 Jeffcock Road, Wolverhampton. He was working as a tin plate worker at a japanning works. On 5 September 1914, he enlisted in the 6th South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2891). However, on 29 January 1915 he was discharged as “not likely to become efficient”, without having ever served overseas. In 1916, he married Gertrude E. Uren, and the couple had five children – Frederick W. (1919), John E. (1922), Leonard C. (1928), Kenneth V. (1935) and Sheila M. (1939). By 1939 they were living at 40 Adelaide Street. Joseph was working as a sheet metal worker on aircraft. Joseph died in 1983.
Harry was born in Wolverhampton on 14 September 1896. Harry, too, served as a Private at the front, but I have been unable to confirm further details. He survived the war, and by 1939 he was working as a general labourer for a brickworks with wife Mary A. (although I have been unable to find their marriage).
Fred was born in Wolverhampton in 1899. Fred attended Bingley Street School and later worked at the Chillington Edge Tool Company. At the age of 17, Fred enlisted initially in the Northumberland Fusiliers (number 52939). He later served in the 5th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (number 63087). He was wounded, and died on 7 October 1918. This was reported in the Midland Counties Express on 26 October 1918. He is buried at Grevillers British Cemetery.