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6977750   Private John Porter
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 13/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers (British Army)
Died: 17/09/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
John Porter was the son of John and Mary Porter. He was born about 1916. Prior to enlisting, he lived at Union Road, Magherafelt. John Porter enlisted in 1934. Private John Porter was serving with the 5th Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers when he was killed in action at Arnhem on 17th September 1944. On that day almost 12,000 parachute and glider-borne troops landed to seize the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem in Holland. The King’s Own Scottish Borderers were trying to cross the Meuse-Escaut Canal.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Kasterlee War Cemetery
  Kasterlee, Antwerpen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave II-B-6
CWGC Casualty 2806902
Kasterlee War Cemetery is located 54 Kms north of Leuven and 53 Kms east of Antwerpen. From the front entrance of St. Willibrordus Kerk in the centre of Kasterlee, drive 850 metres down Geelsebaan (N 19) - in the direction of Geel and turn off to the right on to the 'Venheide' (opposite the Windmill), following the Commission sign. The cemetery is situated at this right turn.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Magherafelt Church of Ireland - WW2 Roll of Honour Magherafelt
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1 Facebook Details and photo
2 Photo of Private John Porter's grave
3 Private Albert Porter Probably the brother of Private John Porter
4 Private Joseph Shiels Also killed during the Meuse-Escaut Canal battle
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John Porter's grave can be purchased here
6 Wikipedia Operation Market Garden
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023