Henry James Porch

Date of birth: 1864
Place of birth: Bath
Service No.: 38929
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Worcestershire Regiment
Battalion: 15th
Died: 17th March 1917 aged 52/53 years
Death location: At home


Life before the War
Henry’s parents were George (b.1811 – d. 30.9.1875) and Elizabeth, nee Mullins (b.1819– d.1883).  They were married in the last quarter of 1852.  They were both born and died in Bath.  George left Probate to his widow Elizabeth with their address as 6 Penhill Place, Bath.

Elizabeth had been married previously and had the last name of Phillips.  On the 1861 census Edward Phillips (her son) is living with Elizabeth and George at 6 Chapel Court, Weston and is recorded as Stepson to the head of the household.

By the time of the 1871 census, 6-7 years after Henry’s birth, he is living with his parents at Cypress Cottage, Weston.  Also recorded at this address is his sister Mary Ann, aged 14, and a servant.  No trace of Mary Ann can be found after 1871.

In the 1881 census Henry is living with his mother and a servant at 6 Penhill Place, Bath.  His mother’s age is recorded as 70 but this is incorrect as she died in 1883 aged 63 in Bath and there is no trace of her in any subsequent census.

In Southampton in 1897 Henry married Catherine, nee Hedges (b.1874 Southampton).

In the 1901 census Henry is living with his wife and daughter Ethel Ada (b.1897) at 66 Firgrove Road, Sholing, Southampton, and his occupation is given as a Labourer.

By the 1911 census Henry’s small family had moved to 86 Paynes Road, Southampton. He is still working as a Labourer.

Following Henry’s death Ethel married Ernest Frank Norris (b.1892 – d.19/12/1965) in Southampton in 1920.  Ethel died in Southampton on 4th November 1967.


War History
Men were needed to transport and supply munitions to the troops overseas.  Units of men were formed from skilled men who were unfit for field service and so, in December of 1916, the 15th (Transport Works) Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment was formed.  Their role was to provide transport services in the South of England with their  H.Q. at Swindon.  The Battalion did not fight in the field but played its part in the success of the war effort.

Nothing more is known about Henry’s service or the reason for his death.  He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.


Henry is buried at Southampton Old Cemetery, Grave Ref. 158.A.175.

Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published.: September 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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