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Title: Albert "Bert" Porter
Formatted Name: Porter, Albert Roy
Known As: Porter, Bert
Rank: Lance Corporal
Place of Birth: Franklin Harbour (S.A.)
Biographical notes: Porter worked as a foreman rigger for Vestey Bros at the time of his enlistment with his colleagues William Conaghan and Frank McTaggart. They left for the trenches on 6 April 1916 per SS 'Montoro' from Darwin. He married Elizabeth Musselwhite from West Harnham at the Church of England in Compton, Chamberlayne, Wiltshire, while in Hurdcott camp on 15 December 1917. His wife and two children had their passage paid to follow him out to Australia in 1920.
Occupation: Rigger
Age at Enlistment: 25
Unit: 32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1967-12-12
Place of Death: Whyalla (S.A.)
Service History: Porter enlisted 1 May 1916 as a private. His Unit embarked from Adelaide, on board HMAT A70 'Ballarat' on 12 August 1916 and proceeded to France 5 December 1916. Porter was promoted to Lance Corporal 20 January 1917. He was admitted to Exeter Auxiliary Hospital with severe pneumonia on 19 April 1917 but returned to France on 6 September 1918 to reinforce 30th Battalion. He retained his commission and was back in Exeter Auxiliary Hospital with rheumatism on 20 December 1918. He undertook lengthy England based training and assignments, then returned to Australia 7 September 1919 per 'Euripides' and was discharged on 4 December 1919.
Related link: "Off to the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 13 April 1916: p.17.
Unit War Diary
Unit War History
Second to none : a memorial history of the 32nd Battalion A.I.F. 1915-1919 by Roger R. Freeman. Norwood, S.A. : Peacock Publications, 2006.
Service Record
Embarkation Roll
Nominal Roll
Darwin Returned Services League (RSL): a concise history of its conception and development by Clive Francis (Frank) Geddes, OAM edited by Norman S. Cramp. Darwin : Darwin Returned Services League (RSL), 2013: p. 66.
"2/4/67 - In Memory of My Pal" (Poem by Lance Corporal A.R. (Albert Roy) Porter written whilst with the 32nd Battalion, he returned to Australia in late 1919.)
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: World War, 1914-1918
Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
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