Biography of Private John Robert Porter (1406)
10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 5th August 1916


  • Name: John Robert Porter
  • Date of birth: 1896
  • Place of Birth: Essendine, Rutland, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 
  • Place of Birth Registration: Stamford, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Robert Porter
  • DOB: 1860
  • Place of Birth: Thurlby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Groom and gardener


  • Name: Jane Ann Lambert
  • DOB: 1859
  • Place Of Birth: Morton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 18th May 1885 Thurlby, Lincolnshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Elizabeth Mabel Porter, 1886, Dyke
  • George Henry Porter, 1888, Bourne
  • Annie Porter, 1890, Baston Fen
  • Emma Porter 1893, Morton
  • John Robert Porter, 1896, Essendine
  • Nellie Porter, 1898, Morton
  • Florrie Porter, 1901, Morton
  • Elizabeth Porter, 1904, Dunsby


  • 1901: John is living with his parents in Morton, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: John is living with his parents in Dunsby, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as a farm labourer.
Relatives in services
  • None found


  • No marriage for John has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • The Times Monday June 26 1916
    Porter. 1406 J. R.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 1st July 1916
    Lincolnshire Regiment
    Porter 1406 J. R. (Bourne)


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 9th September 1916
    Private J. R. PORTER, of Dunsby.
    Mr. and Mrs. R. Porter, of Dunsby, received a letter from the sergeant of their son’s regiment (the Lincolns) reporting him to be missing, on Aug. 4th.  He gave him an excellent character for courage and bravery.  He expressed the hope that he should have better news to report later, but on Aug. 5th a letter from the War Office stated with regret that he had been killed in action.  Much sympathy is felt for his family in Dunsby.


  • The Times Tuesday September 12th 1916
    Porter, 1406 J. R.


  • Sleaford Gazette Saturday 16th September 1916
    ROLL OF HONOUR – Mr. and Mrs. R. Porter have received a letter from the War Office stating, with regret, that their son, Pte. John Robert Porter, Lincs. Regt., has beenkilled in action.  The deceased was in his 21st year.  Much sympathy is felt for the family.


Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private John Robert Porter, 1406, 10th Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 5th August 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • None found


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Dunsby, Roll of Honour in All Saints Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private John Robert Porter, 1406, 10th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 5 August 1916 Age 20
  • Son of Mr. R. Porter, of Dunsby, Bourne, Lincs.
  • Remembered with honour, Thiepval Memorial

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline
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