A fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Somme 1916 Posthumous Military Medal group awarded to Private R.W. Porter, 60th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Victoria Rifles, who was present out on the Western Front from June 1916, and was decorated for his bravery when ‘all the other members of a Lewis gun crew had been killed by a shell he picked up the gun and attempted to rejoin his company. He got lost and remained for 36 hours in a shell hole under heavy artillery fire. He eventually brought out the gun in good condition although weather conditio

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A fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Somme 1916 Posthumous Military Medal group awarded to Private R.W. Porter, 60th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Victoria Rifles, who was present out on the Western Front from June 1916, and was decorated for his bravery when ‘all the other members of a Lewis gun crew had been killed by a shell he picked up the gun and attempted to rejoin his company. He got lost and remained for 36 hours in a shell hole under heavy artillery fire. He eventually brought out the gun in good condition although weather conditions were very bad all the time he was out.’ Porter was subsequently killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 9th October 1916 and his award was published posthumously.

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (139162 PTE R.W. PORTER. 60/CAN: INF: BN:); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (139162 PTE. R.W. PORTER. 60-CAN.INF.)

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Ralph Walter Porter was born on 9th April 1893 in Harpley, Norfolk, and having emigrated to Canada where he settled in Toronto, Ontario, and worked as a labourer as well as seeing service with the Canadian Active Militia. With the outbreak of the Great War, Porter attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto on 30th July 1915, joining as a Private (No.139162) the 75th Battalion. Arriving in England on 9th April 1916, he was then sent out to the Western Front where he joined the 60th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Victoria Rifles on 21st June 1916.

Present during the Battle of the Somme, Porter saw service with a Lewis Gun team, and was awarded the Military Medal posthumously in the London Gazette of 6th January 1916. The original recommendation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the other members of a Lewis gun crew had been killed by a shell he picked up the gun and attempted to rejoin his company. He got lost and remained for 36 hours in a shell hole under heavy artillery fire. He eventually brought out the gun in good condition although weather conditions were very bad all the time he was out.’

Porter was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 9th October 1916, and having no known grave, he is commemorated by name on the Vimy Memorial.