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.
Fred 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).
A detailed record of Fred's life and war service with sources - courtesy of Philip A Wilde and briefly summarised below - is available from the Bowes Museum Archive.
Fred's medal record index card indicates that he first arrived in France on 22 June so he may have volunteered as early as 1914 just as he turned 18. His early deployment as part of the reinforcements after losses in the 2nd Ypres Campaign probably qualified him for the 1915 Star, as well as the British and Victory medals. Although details of his injuries are unidentified, Fred was evidently sufficiently wounded to be awarded the a Silver War Badge but he was not formally discharged from service until May 1919.