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10/04/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st November 1918:
10/04/2017 Captain Alan Grey Porter, M.C., Royal Irish Fusiliers, who died on 30th October, of wounds received in action, was the eldest son of Mr Thomas Porter, J.P., Clogher Park, County Tyrone. He obtained his commission in 1914, and took part in the operations on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in the Balkans, Palestine and France.
12/01/2017 Captain Alan Grey Porter, Royal Irish Fusiliers, elder son of Mr Thomas Stewart Porter, J.P., Clogher Park, Co Tyrone. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He held on throughout the day to a very exposed trench swept by fire. He set a splendid example throughout.
12/01/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 22nd December 1916: The Military Cross
10/01/2017 Captain Alan Grey Porter, Royal Irish Fusiliers, awarded the Military Cross, is the elder son of Mr Thomas Porter, J.P., Clogher Park, Co Tyrone, and grandson of the late Mr John William Ellison-Macartney, D.L., of Mountjoy Grange, sometime M.P. for County Tyrone. He is a nephew of the right Honourable Sir William Grey Ellison-McCartney, K.C.M.G., Governor of Tasmania, and formerly M.P. for South Antrim. Captain Porter is 22 years of age. His company had been shelled ceaselessly for five and a half hours, during which time they were obliged to dig trenches under most difficult circumstances, the ground being very hard. An officer states that the men on the occasion behaved magnificently, and later took part with their sister battalion in the capture of a village from the Bulgarians.
10/01/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 7th December 1916: Tyrone Officer’s Gallantry – Captain A G Proctor Wins Military Cross
30/12/2015 In 1850, the bishopric of Clogher was merged with the archbishopric of Armagh (which it remained until 1886), and Bishop Porter seized the opportunity to buy the now abandoned palace and demesne, and re-named it Clogher Park. In the early 20th century it was still locally known as 'The Parliss'. The Porters and Ellison-Macartney's owned it for some 100 years after.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records Grey as 6 years old. He was living with the family at Shanganagh, Rathmichael, Dublin. His father was described as a civil servant.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows Alan as 16 years old. He was living with the family at Earlsfort Terrace, Fitzwilliam, Dublin. His father is a civil servant.
30/12/2015 Lieutenant (acting Captain) Alan Grey Porter, M.C., was serving with the 1st Battalion, attached to 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he died of wounds on 29th October 1918, aged 24.
30/12/2015 The CWGC records his parents, Thomas and Mary Porter as living at Clogher Park.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 7 November 1918:
30/12/2015 It has now transpired that Pte George Lutton of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, who belongs to Canary Moy perished in the Leinster disaster. This soldier had volunteered at the out break of war, joining the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and being afterwards transferred to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. He had taken part in the Suvla Bay landing and the Serbian retreat, and had been invalided home in September last. He was returning to England to be finally discharged, and had gone on board the ill fated Leinster. His relatives did not know he was crossing by Kingstown and no concern was felt about him until the War Office made enquires about him. His relatives have now received intimation from the War Office that he must have perished in the disaster.
30/12/2015 Alan Grey Porter was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Porter. They were married about 1893. Alan was born on 20th September 1894 in County Wicklow.
30/12/2015 Captain Porter had served in Gallipoli, Serbia, Salonika, Palestine and France.
30/12/2015 Alan Porter joined the Army in 1914.
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