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.
Willam 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).
William was too old and infirm to serve but was co-opted into the War effort as a Food Inspector. In 1917, he was granted an additional War Bonus of 5s per week in recognition of the sharp rises in cost of living when food supplies were severely disrupted by the sinking of allied shipping. In December 1917, William additionally became a Nuisance and Sanitary Inspector for Startforth Rural District Council and was awarded an extra stipend of £10. As a Food Inspector, William would have been active in publicising emergency war-time Food Orders, weeding out rationing irregularities and fraudulent applications for rations. He would have had enforcement powers.