No.164241, Gunner, Sidney Stanley PORTER
278th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
There are several confusions over the identity of this man as a single man..any further information gratefully received by firstname.lastname@example.org.|
There is a Sidney Stanley PORTER born in Ipswich in 1885 (Ipswich Q3-1885 4A:767), mother - COOPER, so within parameters for this man, but CWGC have his parents as the Late Joseph and Rosa PORTER and no such marriage has been found. It seems more than likely that his mother was Sarah Ann PORTER (née COOPER)
1891 census...Aged 5, he was at Station Terrace, Rose Hill Road, Ipswich with his widowed mother Sarah PORTER  shop keeper born Trimley; his sister Hetty  The death of his father has not yet been identified.
1901 census...Seems to be - Aged 15, a grocer's apprentice, he was at 57 Tomline Road, Ipswich with his brother in law Henry NEWSON [ gatekeeper; his sister Harriett NEWSON , niece Hilda , all were Ipswich born.
In 1907 he married Nora Nellie Pontin GILDERSLEEVE, born in London in 1880, died 1953 Bury St.Edmunds (Thurston ?)
1911 census...Aged 26, a grocer's manager married, he was boarding at 25 Lichfield Road, Stone, with the Machin family. His wife  was with her parents at 69 St John's Street, Bury St.Edmunds with their son Joseph Robert Stanley Porter born in Newport Pagnell.
He enlisted in Colchester whilst resident in Bury St Edmunds (Thurston?) . His legatee was his wife |
Artillery movements are very difficult to trace and so far the whereabouts of 278 Siege battery at the time has not been found. His memorial p[laque in the church says "near Albert".
Below is an example of the British Mk XIX 6 inch gun which was probably in use by Sidney's unit (photo by way of http://www.landships.info/landships/artillery_articles/6in_Mark_XIX.html .
In St. Peter's Church is the above plaque photo: ww1cemeteries.com
In St. Peter's Church is the above plaque
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