Australian died in the RFC - Was one of the Old Contemptibles!

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  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    GAVIN ALEXANDER PORTER, elder son of Alexander Porter, of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and his wife Hannah (Shaw), was born on June 23rd, 1891. He was educated at Guildford Grammar School, Western Australia, whence he came to England in 1905 and entered U.C.L. to study for matriculation. He returned to Australia in 1907 but was back in England in 1910, and started an Engineering Course. He found this too slow for him, and obtained a commission in the R.F.A., being gazetted on September 30th, 1911. On May 24th, 1913, he transferred to the R.A., and was promoted Lieutenant on June 9th, 1915. He went to France in August, 1914, and with the 68th Battery took part in the retreat from Mons and all the subsequent fighting. He had for some time been interested in flying, and after acting as observer with the R.F.C. he took his pilot’s certificate at Etampes and returned to England to complete his course of instruction. On July 5th, 1915, he was gazetted to the R.F.C., and on November 17th was promoted Flight-Commander. On Sunday, December 5th, 1915, Porter's squadron was engaged in an air fight, and his machine was brought down by a Fokker just outside Havrincourt, which was then in German hands. Both occupants seem to have been killed in the air. On the following Tuesday they were given a military funeral in the cemetery of Havrincourt with full honours. The French civilians, in spite of prohibition by the Germans, attended the funeral, and until they were evacuated, kept the graves well tended. Flight-Commander Porter's body now lies in the Communal Cemetery Extension of Achiet-Ie-Grand.

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    Australian Roll of Honour
    Gavin Alexander Porter

    68th Battery Royal Field Artillery and 13th Squadron Royal Flying Corps
    British Army
    Date of Death
    5 December 1915
    Cause of Death
    Killed in aerial action
    Age at Death
    Cemetery or Memorial Details
    FRANCE 518. Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension. IV. O. 4.

    He participated in the following!

    Stayed within the same organisation until 14th January 1917 (when the Brigade became an Army F.A.brigade). Took part in the following...

    Battle of Le Cateau. 26 Aug 1914.

    Affair of Nery. 1 Sep 1914.

    Battle of the Marne. 7-10 Sep 1914, including the passage of the Petit Morin and the passage of the Marne.

    Battle of the Aisne. 12-15 Sep 1914, including the capture of the Aisne Heights including the Chemin des Dames.

    Battle of Messines. 12 Oct-2 Nov 1914.

    Battle of Armentieres. 13 Oct-2 Nov 1914, including the capture of Meteren.


    Battle of St. Julien. 24 Apr-5 May 1915.

    Battle of Frezenberg. 8-13 May 1915.

    Battle of Bellewaarde. 24-25 May 1915.

    Porter joined the RFC / Died December 5th 1915


    Battle of Albert. 1-13 Jul 1916, including the capture of Montauban, Mametz, Fricourt, Contalmaison and La Boisselle.

    Battle of Le Transloy. 1-18 Oct 1916, including the capture of Eaucourt l'Abbaye, Le Sars and the attacks on Butte de Warlencourt.
  2. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    His name is also inscribed on the UCL plaque to the WW1 fallen

    London remembers:
  3. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Hi Kyt,

    I do have it however the photo is of very poor quality or the plaque is badly deteriorated.

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