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6978287   Private Albert Porter
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 18/04/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Pioneer Corps (British Army)
Died: 17/01/1946 (Home)
Age: 27
Summary      
Albert Porter was the son of John and Mary Porter. He was born about 1918. Albert Porter became the husband of Matilda Porter. They lived at Rainey Street, Magherafelt. The couple had two children. Private Albert Porter served with the Royal Ulster Rifles for a time. Private Albert Porter was serving with the Pioneer Corps when he died on 17th January 1946, aged 27. He had returned home to Magherafelt after the war and died at his parentsí house at Union Road.
Further Information
Albert Porter was the son of John and Mary Porter. He was born about 1918.
Albert was the youngest son of John Porter and Mary Porter of Union Road, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry. He had at least two older siblings, named Violet and Kathleen.
It seems almost certain that Albert Porter was the brother of John Porter, who also died in World War Two. They share the same parentsí names - John and Mary Porter. Also, a report in the local newspaper regarding John Porter notes he had another brother on active service. The report into Albertís death lists his parents at Union Road, the same location as the Johnís parents.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd August 1942: Magherafelt (Private John Porter - Brother of Albert Porter?)
Mr and Mrs John Porter, of Union Road, Magherafelt, have received official intimation that their son, John Porter, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been wounded and is in hospital in Burma (war casualty). With the letter was expressed the sympathy and regret of the Army Council. Mr Porter, an ex-soldier who served in the Great War, has another son and a son-in-law on active service.
Albert Porter became the husband of Matilda Porter. They lived at Rainey Street, Magherafelt. The couple had two children names Dessa and Samuel.
Private Albert Porter served with the Royal Ulster Rifles for a time.
Private Albert Porter was serving with the Pioneer Corps when he died on 17th January 1946, aged 27. He had returned home to Magherafelt after the war and died at his parentsí house at Union Road.
News of his death made the pages of the Mid-Ulster Mail newspaper on Saturday 26th January 1946.
The funeral was conducted by Reverend WD Ewart and attended by members of the Royal British Legion. It took place on Sunday 19th January 1946.
Private Albert Porter is buried in St Swithinís Church Of Ireland Churchyard in Magherafelt. His inscription reads HE FOUGHT AND DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE. EVER REMEMBERED BY FATHER, MOTHER & SISTERS
The CWGC record Private Albert Porter as the son of John and Mary Porter of Magherafelt. He is also recorded as the; husband of Matilda Porter of Magherafelt.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 St Swithins Chuch of Ireland Magherafelt Town Buried in Magherafelt Chuch of Ireland 54.756362 -6.602997
2 Union Road, Magherafelt Magherafelt Town Parents lived at Union Road, Magherafelt 54.756533 -6.608349
References and Links
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of grave
2 Private John Porter Probably the brother of Private Albert Porter
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Albert Porter's grave can be purchased here
4 Wartime NI - Albert Porter Details of Private Albert Porter
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2020