Sidney Porter was born in Uppingham and lived with his grandmother Caroline in the town. He was working at the ironstone quarry at Uppingham before joining the 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) on 29 August 1917 aged 20. He went out to France on 15 January 1918 and took part in the second Battle of the Somme. Sidney was reported missing on 21 March 1918, the day the big German Spring Offensive began in France and the day 13 Rutland soldiers died. He is buried at Heath Cemetery, grave II.H.1, and is remembered on Uppingham's war memorial.
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