Edgar Roland Porter

Date of birth: 1880
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 302576
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: The London
Battalion: 1/5th
Died: 8th October 1916 aged 37 years
Death location: The Somme, France


Life before the War
Edgar was the second of 3 siblings born to John Henry and Rosetta Mary, nee Boyce.  John Henry was born in Southampton in 1844 and he is listed as a Tin Goods Manufacturer in the 1891 census.  Ten years later he is a Sheet Metal Worker and a Cycle Maker!  He died in 1915.

Rosetta was born in Salisbury in 1845 and died in Southampton in 1912.

The family lived for many years at 21 Carlton Road in Upper Shirley.

Edgar became a Soap Manufacturer’s Clerk after leaving King Edward VI school, although he left Southampton in 1909 in order to marry.  His wife was Harriet Alice (Hetty) Rogers and they married in Reigate.  At the 1911 census Edgar is living at 33 Cobridge Walk, Hendon; his wife is absent.

At the time of his death, their home address was 167 Hampstead Way, London.

Edgar’s two siblings, an older brother and younger sister, were:

Cecil John  b.1876 Southampton and d.1969 Romsey.

Madeline Irene Rose   b.1884 Southampton and d.1969 Romsey.


War Service
Edgar is recorded as having been in France for only 3 months prior to losing his life.  He died at the Battle of the Transloy Ridges, during the Battle of the Somme.  The Battle of Le Transloy started on 1st October 1916 and was the final offensive mounted by the British Fourth Army during the 1916 Battle of the Somme.

Edgar is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Somme), Pier and Face 9D.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 12th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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