Friday, 28 August 2020

Frank Anthony Porter who "died doing his utmost with a Lewis Gun" - Passchendaele October 9th 1917 and Intake Cemetery (Sheffield)

 My only aunt and uncle are buried in Sheffield's Intake Cemetery which is located just off Mansfield Road, Sheffield. I have visited the grave a few times since their deaths and when returning to the cemetery entrance, I passed the follwing family grave of Sarah Ann and Robert Porter



Photographs taken 6th July 2011 

The memorial also refers to their son Frank Anthony who died in the Great War "doing his utmost with a Lewis Gun."

I resolved that I would find out a bit more about the memorial and after a gap of nine years I have!

Frank Antony Porter

Date of Death 9/10/17  France & Flanders

Age 24

Service Number 203028  Rank Lance Corporal

Army Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) Batallion 1/5th Battalion

Attachments / Former Regiment 21953 York & Lancaster Regiment

Memorial / Roll of Honour Information

Sheffield Council Official Roll of Honour

Gleadless War Memorial

Gleadless Valley Methodist Church Roll of Honour

Sheffield Gas Co Roll of Honour Now at Transco House Effingham St/Sussex St

Where Born Ranmoor Where Enlisted Sheffield Where Resided Sheffield

CWGC Additional Information

Son of Robert and Sarah Porter. of 44 Seagrave Rd.. Gleadless. Sheffield.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 42 to 47.

Frank does not have a kown grave in Flanders for he is one of the many thousannds who are listed on the Tyne Cot memorial. And yet that is not to say he is not "buried in Passchendaele". He may well have been buried there but they have not been able to locate Frank's body.

And at least "his loving mother Sarah Ann" was spared the agony and misery of losing her son -she died in April 1913, four and a half years before her son Frank  







  

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