Our People - Joseph Thomas Porter
H.M.S. Malaya hoisting an aeroplane on board using the left gun of B turret
Picture from Ships Nostalgia website
J/41735(Dev) Boy 1st Class Joseph Thomas Porter
H.M.S. Malaya, Royal Navy
Died 31 May 1916, aged 16 (Our youngest casualty of the war)
He is buried in the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Hoy, Orkney - Ref: B.34
Leyland - Church Road Civic War Memorial
Leyland - St.Andrew's C.E. WW1 Plaque
Victory Medal, British War Medal
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Joseph Thomas Porter was born 22 November 1922 to Ada Benson in the parish of St.Maurice in York. He was ranked as a first class gunner and a proficient swimmer, having been awarded medals at the York Bluecoat Swimming School. He had been employed at Stannings bleachworks in Leyland and had attended St.Andrew's Parish church. His last known address was 46 (or 47) Golden Hill Lane.
Joseph joined the navy on 22 November 1915 as soon as he turned 16 years of age, having earlier joined as a boy 2nd class on 23 June 1915 (Boys 2nd Class could join from age 15). He signed on for the usual 12 years service. He was 5 feet and a half inch tall with a chest measurement of 31 inches, brown hair and brown eyes with a fresh complexion. Joseph had 2 scars on his right knee and a scar on his left elbow.
Joseph had served on H.M.S. Powerful (at that stage a troop transport & accommodation ship) from 23 June 1915 until 13 December 1915, then on H.M.S. Victory I (Portsmouth Barracks, not the H.M.S. Victory) from 14 December 1915 until 27 January 1916.
Joseph joined his final posting, H.M.S. Malaya, on 28 January 1916. The action in which he lost his life was the Battle of Jutland, 31st May to 1st June, 1916. The Battlecruiser Action took place between 15.48 and 17.35 G.M.T. on the 31st of May, the 3rd British Battlecruiser Squadron being under the command of Admiral Beatty. H.M.S. Malaya was part of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s Grand Fleet. The following extract is from the official history of the battle; "Naval Operations", by Julian S. Corbett, dated 1923.
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Published 31 May 2016
UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 via Ancestry.co.uk / UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1853-1928 via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves Commission / UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 via Ancestry.co.uk / "Naval Operations" by Sir Julian S. Corbett, 1923 / Original work by William Waring, Leyland Historical Society