PORTER Charles Edwin

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Charles Edwin Porter died from his injuries a year after the First World War ended and is one of four Ryhall villagers who served and are buried in the extension to St John the Evangelist Churchyard. He was born at Empingham on 27 April 1897, the son of David and Eleanor Porter. The family later moved to River Terrace, Ryhall. Charles joined the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment on 21 May 1915 and later served with the 4th Battalion. He went to France in June 1916, and took part in the attack on Fricourt Wood during the Battle of the Somme. George Phillips wrote: "This was when the 7th Lincolns with the Staffords and Sherwood Foresters caught a Prussian regiment, nearly 600 strong, and the whole had to surrender. The bombers did particularly well later in the Battle of the Somme, blasting their way up Pearl Alley, and, so says a spectator, 'met the Boche with the most extraordinary Berserker fury, that they utterly cowed the enemy.' This same battalion particularly distinguished itself on 5 November when clearing up Zenith Trench, for when the Germans counter attacked they reserved their fire until the stormers were within forty yards of them, and then mowed down several hundreds of the enemy." "The men marched back seven miles last night," wrote one of the Officers, "after fighting for forty eight hours without sleep, singing at the top of their voices all the way. Priceless fellows!'" Charles was wounded in May 1917 when he was hit by a piece of shrapnel, and invalided to Oxford. He recovered and returned to France in October of the same year, where he took part in the Third Battle of Ypres. George Phillips added: "One of the curiosities of the advance of the 51st Brigade, to which the 7th Lincolns were attached, was that of Major Peddie of the 7th Lincolns, with another officer and four men, took 148 prisoners from a farm, for which feat he received the DSO." Charles was again wounded in a big attack on 27 April 1918, this time by an explosive bullet which smashed the bone of his right leg. He was brought to England where he spent some time in hospitals at Manchester and Bury and finally at Leicester, from where he was discharged on 16 June 1919. But he never recovered from his wounds and he died at home on 9 December 1919. He was 22 and is remembered on Ryhall's war memorial.

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