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Samuel Harold was also known as Harold and some military records are in the name of Harold Porter. He was the son of Sam [Samuel] Deacon Porter and Pamela Porter nee Bacon. Sam Deacon Porter was born in Plungar, Leicestershire, the son of Edward and Hannah Porter who in 1881 were living in St Ann's, Nottingham. Pamela Bacon was born in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, in 1866 (A/M/J Belper). They were married in 1886 (A/M/J Nottingham) and had seven children of whom only four were still living in 1911. Five children were recorded on the census between 1891 and 1911: Alfred Deacon birth registered 1889 (J/F/M Nottingham), Samuel Harold (also known as Harold) birth registered 1891 (J/F/M Nottingham), Edith Mary b. 1892 (O/N/D Nottingham), George Edward b. 1895 (A/M/J Nottingham) who died aged 9 in 1904 (J/A/S Nottingham) and Frederick Herne b. 1898 (J/A/S Nottingham). All the children were born in Nottingham; Samuel Harold in the ecclesiastical parish of St Saviour's Nottingham. In 1891 Sam (23), a postman, and Pamela (25) were living at 12 Meadow Grove, Sneinton, with their two sons Alfred (2) and Samuel (2 months). By 1901 the family had moved to 20 Dane Street, Nottingham. Sam (33) was still working as a postman for the GPO. He and Pamela (35) now had five children: Alfred (12), Samuel (10), Edith (8), George (5) and Frederick (2). George died three years later in 1904 at the age of nine. In 1911 Sam (43), now a head postman, and Pamela (45) were living at 4 Newdigate Villas, Newdigate Street, Nottingham. Only three of their four surviving children were in the home on the night of the census: Alfred (22) who was unemployed, Edith (18) a dressmaker and Frederick (12) who was still at school. Samuel Harold, has not yet been positively identified on the 1911 Census although a Harold Porter (20) was living at 44 Laurie Avenue, Forest Fields, in the home of his uncle Harry Porter, and his wife Sarah. However, a Harold Porter (21) born in the parish of St Saviour's Nottingham, was recorded on the Military Census (China and Hong Kong) serving with the 1st Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. The eldest brother, Alfred, married Elizabeth E Wilford in 1914 (O/N/D Nottingham). No record has yet been found that he served in the war. He died in 1941 (March Nottingham) aged 52. Samuel's brother, Frederick Hearne, served in the Army Service Corps (M/28579 Private) and died of wounds received in action in the Military Hospital Hounslow on 20 June 1917 (Nottingham General Cemetery). Pamela Porter died in October 1918 (Dec Nottingham) aged 52 (Nottingham General Cemetery). At the time of her death the family home was at 32 Laurie Street, Forest Fields although the later CWGC records give an address of 53 Russell Road, Forest Fields. Sam Deacon Porter married Ada Kate Aldan (b. 7 December 1870) in 1921 (O/N/D Nottingham). Sam died on 10 September 1937; he was still living at 53 Russell Road, Forest Fields. His widow was still at the same address in 1939 and living there with Ena Aldan, later Tulley, (b. 24 January 1896), who was probably her daughter. Ada died in 1944 (December Nottingham).
08 May 1915
1624603 - CWGC Website
1st Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His father Sam Deacon Porter was his legatee. The record is noted that he died 'on or since 8 May 1915 - officially accepted'. Nottingham Evening Post, 'In Memoriam, 2nd May 1916: “PORTER. – Private Harold Porter, No. 9383, K.O.Y.L.I., reported missing May 8th, 1915, now reported dead.” Nottingham Evening Post, 'Deaths', 18th October 1918: “PORTER. – Pamela Porter, beloved wife of Sam D. Porter, 32 Laurie-avenue. Funeral Monday, [21st October 1918] 1 p.m., General Cemetery, bottom chapel.” Above two notices are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 10 September 1937: ‘Porter. On September 10th, at 53 Russell-road Samuel Deacon, beloved husband of Ada, passed peacefully away. Funeral arrangements later.’ Notice 11 September 1937: funeral at St Paul’s Monday, 2 o’clock and interment General Cemetery. (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Porter Sam Deacon of 53 Russell-road Forest Fields Nottingham died 10 September 1937 Probate Nottingham 24 September [1937] to Ada Kate Porter widow. Effects £14 1s.
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