The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private George Porter|
Ancestor's Name: George Henry Porter
Ancestor's date of birth: 16/11/1882
Ancestor's date of death: 18/02/1930
Cause of Death: Drowned in Ithaca Creek, Newmarket, Brisbane. Queensland.
Service Number: 433
Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Wilston, Brisbane
Unit: 7 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 07/05/1902
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 04/07/1916
Murray Page: 539
Contingent: Third Australian
Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 19/05/1902
Memorial details: Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane Portion 10 Section 61 Grave 9.
Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: George Porter was typical Australian bushman, stockman, drover and labourer.
Reasons to go and fight: Not known - probably looking for adventure.
Details of service in war: Unit arrived after peace was concluded.
Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 2 Aug 1902 on the Manchester Merchant. Worked as a labourer. George Porter never married. He enlisted for service in the 1st World War, joining the 26th Infantry battalion in 1916 Service No.6132. He served on the Western Front as a driver and sniper after attending sniper training in England. He was wounded in the leg breaking the bone. He had a terrible life after the 1st World War. No doubt suffering war neurosis, became an alcholic. He is buried in the Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane Portion 10 Section 61 Grave 9.
Name of Descendant: James William Weir, Northmead NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: 1st Cousin 1x Removed