Thomas Allan PORTER MM

PORTER, Thomas Allan

Service Number: 3927
Enlisted: 2 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Sunbury, Victoria, May 1896
Home Town: Abbotsford, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Photographer
Died: 15 April 1928, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Warringal Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3927, 11th Infantry Battalion
22 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3927, 11th Infantry Battalion
22 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3927, 11th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Fremantle
3 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 51st Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3927, 51st Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, GSW to right calf, SW left leg
4 Feb 1919: Honoured Military Medal, Villers-Bretonneux, During a counter-attack by his Battalion on strong enemy positions South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on night 24th/25th April 1918 this man, who is a Company Runner, repeatedly carried important messages under heavy machine gun and rifle fire to Battalion Headquarters and flank units. He rendered valuable services in keeping touch with the units on the flanks of his Company during the advance, thereby maintaining complete liaison. His coolness under heavy fire and his ever cheerful manner did much to inspire all with whom he came in contact.
16 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3927, 51st Infantry Battalion

Private Thomas Allan Porter MM

From How We Served

3927 Private Thomas Allan Porter MM of Abbotsford, Victoria had been employed as a photographer when he enlisted for War Service on the 12th of July 1915. Allocated for reinforcements for the 11th Battalion 1st AIF, Thomas embarked for Egypt and further training on the 23rd of November. Shortly after his arrival Thomas was transferred over to the 51st Battalion, with he would be shipped to France with on the 5th of June 1916.

Thomas's service in the trenches was continuance until he was wounded in action by shrapnel to his left calf on the 26th of September 1917. Embarking for Englland for further hospitalisation, Thomas would be deemed fit enough to return to duty and was back with his Unit in the trenches by 9th of March 1918.

During the fighting around Villers Bretonneux, Thomas was acting as a runner and due to the bravery he demonstrated under fire on the 24th to 25th of April 1918, he was recommended and would later receive the Military Medal. On the 5th of April 1919, Thomas was embarked for Australia on the Hospital Ship 'Armagh' and following his return he was formally discharged from the 1st AIF on the 10th of July 1919.

Thomas's ill health which he had started to experiance by the end of 1918 only further deteriated and on the 15th of April 1928, at the age of 31, he was to die due to the effects of his War Service. Thomas was accorded an official commemoration by CWGC when he was laid to rest within Warringal Cemetery, Victoria where he was buried close to his older brother Private William Porter of the 60th Battalion who had died earlier in 1921.

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