The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private George Porter

Ancestor Details

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.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: James William Weir, Northmead NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: 1st Cousin 1x Removed


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