Sergeant Porter, David

Craig Robertson

Staff member
Full NameDavid J. Porter
Date of Birth26.12.1922 St Helens, Lancashire
Date of Death10.11.1944 (Aged 21) (Gravestone shows aged 19!)
GravesiteRavenna War Cemetery, Italy V.A.9
MotherJulia Porter (45 Earl Street, St Helens, Lancashire)
Enlisted19.02.1942 Elgin, Banffshire
Militaryparent unit Royal Engineers (also served SAS)
award D.C.M.
joined PPA May 1943 Tebessa
KIA near Ravenna with Tpr Croghan (landmine)
Further Informationglass worker in civilian life

"Perhaps the greatest PPA product. Stouthearted and unspoiled, a loveable character" (Popski)
"Broad and tall, with a round smiling face" (Popski)
"Tall and burly, resolute and reliable, unmovable by fear or by excitement, I had always thought him, of all our men,the most comforting to be with in a tight spot" (Popski)



Distinguished Conduct Medal :

On 29 Jun44 at Castel San Pietro, Italy, Sgt Porter, in charge of a patrol of three, was ordered to reconnoitre a track leading to the village of Castel San Pietro. Finding the village apparently deserted, he entered it and in one of the houses he surprised a German Post. Two of the enemy were killed and a third one captured. When they came back into the street Sgt Porter's patrol came under heavy fire from three Spandaus concealed in the hillside above the village and also from a patrol of eight men armed with automatic rifles. With great gallantry and considerable skill Sgt Porter beat off the enemy who were attempting to cut off his retreat, and after two hours rejoined his own positions without suffering any casualties and brought back with him a prisoner and a German wireless set.

Recommendation by Major V. Peniakoff M.C. O.C. 1 Demolition Sqdn. P.P.A.


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