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.
Born in Cotherstone, Harry was the youngest son of William Porter and Elizabeth (nee Raine). They married in Laithkirk in 1877. Harry had at least one older sister, Barbara Sarah. He also had three brothers, Charlie (1879), George Parkin (1886) and Ernest Harold (1889), who also served in the War (see separate entry on the database).
William was a Sanitary Inspector and Surveyor. He was too old to serve in the war but was co-opted as a Food Inspector). Charlie and George both left the district before the War and it is not known whether they saw active service.
Harry also had several other relatives in Teesdale who also served in the war (see separate entries on the database): 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).
Harry enlisted Cavalry, 2nd Lifeguards no 3947 (or 830 according to his medal roll index card). He transferred to the Grenadier Guards on 1oth May 1918 no 33132, escaping a major bombing incident at Etaples Base Camp a week later. Harry was discharged on 8th May 1919.
The Teesdale Mercury: Local and Other Notes reported on 31 October 1917 that Harry had visited home on leave.