Herbert Bishop PORTER


PORTER, Herbert Bishop

Service Number: 2765
Enlisted: 6 August 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Christchurch, New Zealand, January 1888
Home Town: Claremont, Claremont, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ironmonger
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, France, 14 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Claremont St. Aidan's Memorial Window, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), West Leederville Town Hall HB2
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World War 1 Service

6 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2765, 28th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2765, 28th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2765, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 51st Infantry Battalion
28 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 51st Infantry Battalion
14 Aug 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 2765, 51st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

A New Zealander by birth, Herbert Bishop Porter was the sixth of ten children of William Allen and Marianne (Mary Polly) Porter (nee Bishop) who migrated to Western Australia shortly after Herbert's birth in 1888.

Private Herbert Porter enlisted in August 1915 and proceeded overseas in the following November. Taken on strength in March 1916 by the 51st Battalion he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 28 July 1916.

Just a fortnight later he paid the supreme sacrifice at Pozieres some time between 14 and 16 August. His remains were never found.

His eldest sibling, 6316 Private William Alexander Porter of the 11th Battalion was also killed in action near Fleurs in February 1917.