King's College London
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Porter, Samuel

Lieut. S. Porter, B.Sc., A.K.C. matriculated at London University in 1907 and entered the Science Faculty and Normal Department of the College in 1908, taking the course for the B.Sc. degree and also that for the Teachers' Certificate. He did well in the terminal college examinations and at the end of his course, in October, 1911, he took the B.Sc. degree with Second Class Honours in Physics. He took the Barry Prize in 1909 and was elected Associate in 1911. Throughout his course he played regularly for the Association XI., won an honour cup and in 1911 was Captain. He was President of the Science Faculty, President of the United Common Rooms and Chairman of the King's Scholars. After holding a temporary appointment as Science Master at the Ilford County High School, he was appointed Science and Mathematical Master at the at the Secondary School at Belper, Derbyshire, a position which he vacated to joint the O.T.C. of the University of Leeds (at which University his brother H.L. Porter was Lecturer). In December, 1914, he received a commission in the 11th Yorks and Lancs., being gazetted Lieutenant immediately. In May, 1915, he was sent to Egypt, and shortly afterwards was attached to the1/9th Manchesters in the Gallipoli Peninsula, who had five officers left out of thirty-one who left England. On August 7th he was detailed with another officer to charge with 100 men. At 10.30 a.m. he was first out of the trench (so reads the account from a brother officer) and fell back on the firing step shot in the head. Death was instantaneous and he was buried in the little regimental cemetery on the banks of Krithia Nullah the next morning. In the words of one of his colleagues "He died as a man should." King's College Review Dec. 1915


First name(s)Samuel
Family detailsSon of Linton and Clara Porter, of 72, East Rd., West Ham, London
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1908
Dept / courseFaculty of Science, Physics
QualificationsB.Sc. (2nd Class Hons.); A.K.C. 1911
Military unit11th Yorks and Lancs; Manchester Regiment attd 8th Battn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsEgypt, Gallipoli
Date of death7 August 1915
Age at death26
Rank at deathLieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeRedoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; King's College Review

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