Detailed information about the Porter Family and their relatives in Teesdale and service records - courtesy of Philip A Wilde - is available from the Bowes Museum Archive.
Orphaned by the age of seven, John was raised by his maternal grandparents. We know he had at least one sister (see notes).
John also had several other relatives in Teesdale who also served in the war (see separate entries on the database): William Porter (of Cotherstone, Father to Ernest and Joseph); Adam Bainbridge and John Joseph Bainbridge (of Forest and Frith); Frederick Porter and John Henry Porter (of Kinninvie Marwood); John William Porter (of Barnard Castle); Arthur Edwin Raine and William Stanley Raine (of Middleton in Teesdale); Herbert Dennis Raine, Edward Richard Raine and George McKenzie Raine (from Low Selset - Lunedale); Arthur Henry (Harry) from Ingelton; and Edgar Heslop (from Marwood).
John enlisted on 29 October 1915 declaring himself a Wesleyan Methodist. he was assigned to the 26th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry He was fist mobilised on 2 July 1917 probably in the 8th Battalion. He must still have been in the Training Camp at the Army Base in Etaples when he was admitted to hospital with dysentery on 18 July. He was at Addington Parl War Hospital until 9 October 1917 before being transferred to the Divisional Dysentery Convalescent Hospital until discharged on 7 December 1917. John remained in England until 3 April 1918 when he returned to B Company, 5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry within the 50th (Northumberland) Division in France. but was captured by enemy forces on the Frontline at Estiares with a week on 12 April 1918. John's sister was notified, which was reported in the Teesdale Mercury: Local and Other Notes 29 May 1918. Records survive of John's registration at Limburg Camp in Germany on 18 August 1918. He was finally released on 19 November 1918.
John's War service is commemorated on the Organ Plaque in the Wesleyan Church in Barnard Castle. His health may have suffered as a result of his wartime experience as he died a the age 30. A whist drive was held in his memory raising £31-12s-8d (around £1,000 now), which was given to his dependents.