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Porter, Albert EdwardRef 503-1022
Son of Elizabeth [née Ives] & Robert Porter.

Born in Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Leading Signalman with the Royal Navy aboard the battleship HMS Formidable.

He died 1st January 1915 when his ship was torpedoed by German Submarine SM-U24 and sank off Devon with the loss of 512 of her crew of 780.

He is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England [Grave Ref 8]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Glynn Helliwell

Porter, Ann AdaRef 503-557
Daughter of
John Porter.

She was a postal telegraph clerk [1901] / (possibly) the Post Mistress at Mytholmroyd Post Office [1919,  1933, 1939].

In 1940, she was living at 32 Ridge Road, Todmorden with her sister Maud.

They both died there: Maud [1953]; Ada Ann [1963]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham

Porter, CliffordRef 503-102
Or Cliff.

Son of Fred Porter.

Born in Killinghall.

He was a wool warehouseman / employed by Hoyle's wool warehouse, Church Street, Halifax  [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

Clifford may have joined the Scots Guards – rather than a Yorkshire regiment – because the family lived in Scotland for a time.

He was a reserve for about 3 weeks at the commencement of hostilities, before he was sent to the front.

In January 1915, he was presumed missing since 11th November 1914.

He had died 30th November 1914.

The Halifax Courier [23rd January 1915] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II K 5]

On 11th April 1914, two brigades of Prussian Guards attacked each side of the Menin Road and got within 3 miles of Ypres after a fierce battle. The commander of the British Guards Brigade was killed in that action along with hundreds of other soldiers.

It is just possible that Clifford was wounded and captured by the Germans in that action.

His remains were eventually found in a German grave in the communal cemetery in Menin. He was identified by his dog tag.

In 1928, his remains were reinterred in Sanctuary Wood.

By that time his name had already been inscribed on the Menin Gate in Ypres as a soldier with no known grave.

He died as a Private, but on the grave he is shown as being a Guardsman, a term which only came into being after 1914


He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary's Church, Halifax

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Graham Shaw

Porter, DavidRef 503-108
(Possibly) son of
William Porter.

He was a Halifax tea dealer, and had premises in 1 Carlton Street, Halifax [1829, 1834] and Woolshops [1822]

Later, he went into business as a woolstapler in Bull Close Lane [1837], and son Samuel joined the business at The Square and at George Street [1853] and Horton Street [1875].

The family began worsted spinning at Greetland [1866]

He married Elizabeth [1796-1877].


  1. Ellen [1822-1899] who never married
  2. Mary Isabella [1831-1895] who never married
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Samuel

They lived at Savile Royd [1881]

David died 27th October 1863 (aged 72).

Elizabeth died 13th June 1877 (aged 81).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 537]

Porter, DavidRef 503-901
(Possibly) son of
Robert Porter.

He was a silk dresser [1891].

He married Alice [1869-1944].

Child: Elsie [1913-4th October 1941] who was buried with her parents

David died 25th March 1926 (aged 52).

Alice died 21st January 1944 (aged 74).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-D40]

Porter, EdwardRef 503-1078
He was a railway porter.

He lived at 9 South Parade, Halifax.

He died at the Great Northern Station Yard [8th August 1871] (aged 30)  and was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: C 407 D]

Porter, Rev EdwardRef 503-735
Pastor at
Steep Lane Baptist Church, Sowerby [1910]

In [Q3] 1904, he married Bessie Crook [18??-1955] in Lancaster.

Child: Bessie Crook [1906-1912]

They lived at Steep Lane, Manse.

Members of the family were buried at Steep Lane Baptist Chapel, Sowerby

Porter, EdwinRef 503-416
Son of Robert Porter.

He worked for Asquith's.

He married Lily Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child

They lived at 2 Shibden Fold, Stump Cross.

During World War II, he enlisted [January 1940], and he served as a Lance Bombardier 8 H.A.A. Regiment with the Royal Artillery.

He died of an illness [17th December 1944] (aged 39).

He was buried at Chittagong War Cemetery, Bangladesh [Grave Ref 1 B 3].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Porter, ElizabethRef 503-109
Daughter of
David Porter.

She gave to the town the organ which stands in the Victoria Hall in memory of her brother Samuel Porter.

She never married.

She died 9th February 1904 (aged 69).

She & her mother were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 537]. In her will, she left £26,300 for charitable purposes, including Abbott's Ladies' Home, St Jude's Church, Halifax and the Royal Halifax Infirmary.

See Balmoral Place, Halifax

Porter, FredRef 503-99
Born in Howden.

He was a coachman at Kilvington Hall, Thirsk / a coachman at Well Hall, Hamilton, Scotland [1886] / a coachman at Killinghall [1889] / a coachman [1891] / a coachman (domestic) [1901] / a coachman for John Mackintosh & Sons Limited / a confectionery warehouseman [1911].

When the motor car replaced the coach and horses, he moved to work in the warehouse at the Mackintosh factory.

In [Q4] 1884, he married (1) Ann Beaumont [1858-1909] in Leeds.

Ann was born in Stutton, Yorkshire


  1. Wilfred Beaumont [b Scotland 1886] who was a clerk  (commercial) [1901]
  2. Minnie [b 1889] who was a dressmaker [1911]
  3. Clifford
  4. Rowland [b 1892] who was a cabinet maker [1911]
  5. Eleanor [b 1894] who was a confectionery packer [1911]  & married Ernest Edgar Shaw

Ann died in Halifax in 1909 (aged 50) 

In [Q4] 1912, he married (2) Grace H. Pickles in Halifax.

They lived at

  • Ripon Road, Killinghall, Knaresborough [1891]
  • 14 Apple Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 21 Franklin Street, Halifax [1911]
  • 6 Kliffen Place, Halifax [1914]
  • John Mackintosh Memorial Homes

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Graham Shaw

Porter, Frederick GeorgeRef 503-664
Son of
John Porter.

Born in Mytholmroyd [8th April 1888].

He was a clerk (cotton weaving manufacturer) [1911] / a bookkeeper [1914].

In October 1914, he married Hilda Craven [1894-19??] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

Hilda, of 26 Balmoral Place [?], Industrial Road, Sowerby Bridge, was the daughter of George Craven, army pensioner

Child: Richard A. [b 1915]

During World War I, he served as a Private.

He died in the conflict [4th November 1920]

He is buried in the family grave at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd.

He is remembered on a memorial in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, and in the book Royd Regeneration

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Porter, James NixonRef 503-469

In [Q3] 1865, he married Ellen Stansfeld in Halifax.

Ellen was the daughter of
Judge James Stansfeld


  1. Elizabeth Sudworth [b 1867]
  2. William [b 1868]

James died Q3 1875 (aged 59) 

Porter, JohnRef 503-291
Born in Halsall, Lancashire.

He was a railway clerk [1881] / station master at Mytholmroyd Station [for 36 years until  his death 1919].

In 1874, he married Sarah Moscrop [1849-1933] in Preston

Sarah was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire [18th November 1849]


  1. Maud [1876-1953] who was a tailoress fustian [1891]
  2. Ada Ann
  3. Harry [1879-1881]
  4. Louis [1885-1944] who was a grocery apprentice [1901], a  wholesale grocer's assistant [1911]
  5. Frederick George
  6. Eleanor [b 1891] who was a dressmaker shop assistant  [1911]

They lived at

  • 18 Johnson Street, Mirfield, Dewsbury [1881]
  • New Road, Mytholmroyd [1891]
  • Railway Station House, Mytholmroyd [1901, 1911]

John & Sarah died at the Post Office, Mytholmroyd, where their daughter Ada Ann was (possibly) Post Mistress.

John died 20th February 1919.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £215 8/3d.

Administration was granted to his widow Sarah.

Sarah died 12th August 1933 (aged 84).

They were buried at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Porter, Rev R. W.Ref 503-485
Curate at
St Paul's, King Cross [1903]. In 1904, he was appointed vicar at Ravensthorpe [Normanton]

Porter, RobertRef 503-860
He was
Constable of Northowram [1706]

Porter, RobertRef 503-914
Born in Cambridgeshire.

He was a gas retort setter [1891].

Around 1868, he married Emma [1845-1???].

Emma was born in Leeds


  1. Edwin [b 1865] who was a clay miner [1881]
  2. Jarvis [b 1868] who was a woollen spinner [1881], a  woollen spinning overlooker [1891]
  3. (possibly) Abraham Wood [b 1868] who was a worsted  spinner [1881]
  4. Eliza [b 1869] who was a woollen twister [1891]
  5. Amelia [b 1871] who was a woollen twister [1891]
  6. David
  7. Louisa [b 1876] who was a woollen twister [1891]
  8. Robert [b 1879] who was a woollen doffer [1891]
  9. Arthur [b 1881]
  10. Charles W. [b 1883]
  11. Emma [b 1886]

They lived at Shibden Fold, Halifax [1891]

Porter, SamuelRef 503-147
Son of
David Porter.

He was a woolstapler and carried on the family businesses after his father's death [in 1863].

He was interested in music and was active in the Victoria Hall Company.

He lived at Savile Royd [1881], with his unmarried sisters.

He died 1st January 1899 (aged 76), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 538] with his family.

In 1899, his sisters – Ellen and Elizabeth – gave £6,000 towards the Porter Ward at the Royal Halifax Infirmary which was named for him

Porter, Miss SelinaRef 503-746
Sister-in-law of the
Rev C. J. Bushell, Vicar of Barkisland.

Recently recovered from an attack of scarlatina, she had been convalescing at Barkisland Parsonage for 7 weeks. She had shown symptoms of deafness during her stay.

On 15th May 1869, she was killed at North Dean Station as she was about to return home to Southport by train. As she was crossing the line, her the dress was caught by the Normanton to Manchester express train which passed. 2 porters had called out to warn her, but she did not notice their calls. She was knocked down by the engine and killed on the spot. Her body was taken to the Shears Inn at West Vale

This & associated entries use material contributed by Lesley Abernethy

Porter, ThomasRef 503-111
Yarn merchant from Manchester.

He was a nephew of David Porter.

He made a number of anonymous gifts to Crossley Orphanage.

The Leeds Times [Saturday 27th November 1886] reported

Mr Thomas Porter, a Manchester merchant, has promised a donation of £50,000 to the Crossley Orphan Home & School in Halifax on condition that the name be altered to The Crossley & Porter Orphan House & School.

Application will be made to the Lords of Council for permission to make the alteration


He had no other links with the school and never visited.

In 1873, he was injured in an accident on the Halifax-Bradford railway line

This & associated entries use material contributed by Jeffrey Knowles

Porter, WilliamRef 503-225
Tea dealer with premises at Carlton Street [1830].

(Possibly) father of David Porter


Porter surnameRef 503-1
Entries for people with the surname Porter are discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Porter

Marriages 1808, 1891, 1935, 1939, 1947


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