PORTER Geoffrey Lancelot

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Geoffrey Lancelot Porter was a pupil at Oakham School between 1900 and 1901, and emigrated to Canada in 1904. Together with another former Oakham School pupil, Horace Ravenhill he joined the 7th Battalion Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). The two friends were to die together in the same battle. Geoffrey was the son of Edward Paul Porter and Edith Porter and was born in Calcutta, India in February 1885. He attested for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 17 September 1914 along with Horace. They were both killed on 24 April 1915 aged 30 in the Battle of St Julien. Neither has a known grave and they are both remembered on Panel 24 of the Menin Gate. Geoffrey is incorrectly named as Edward Geoffrey Lancelot Porter on the Oakham School war memorial.

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  • Oakham School Chapel
  • Oakham School Memorial 4
  • Menin Gate
  • Panel 24 7th Canadian
  • G L Porter

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Born 1885, he is named in the Oakham School Register as Edward Geoffrey Lancelot; his birth certificate and military records omit the name Edward.He emigrated to Canada to farm; enlisted (No 16806) in the Canadian Army.Killed in action during the Battle of St Julien.He is remembered on Panel 18, 28, 30 of the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 5:47pm
Remarkable that G. L. Porter and H. L. Ravenhill joined up on the same day, died on the same day, and have their names listed so closely together on panel 24 of the Menin Gate.
By John Stokes on Sunday 20th March '16 at 10:40am
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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

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