Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Great finds - our first photo of Cissie Porter and Harry Porter's First World War Medals

Traditional "sleuthing" has come up trumps again!  Margaret, a grandchild of Margaret Mary (Cissie) and Charles Wright, and her daughter, Megan, are the latest "Killion cousins" to join our Facebook group.
Cissie is the oldest child of Henry Porter and Rose Killion. Margaret and Megan were able to give us the first photo that we've seen of Cissie (second from the left). The photo was taken at the 1950 marriage of her son Walter (left) to Ethel Hook at St Aidens Church of England, Annandale, NSW.  Ethel's second from the right with her mother, Ellen Hook. 
From left - Walter Wright, Cissie Wright (nee Porter), Ethel Wright (nee Hook), Ellen Hook
Kindly provided by Margaret and Megan
We're delighted to have this photos as we've located a photo of three women simply named "Porter women" at the Kempsey Museum. We're working to establish if the photo shows Rose Porter (nee Killion) and her two daughters, Cissie and Dattie (Mary Jane). The search for descendants of Dattie and a photo of her continues!
Last November, we heard of the 1919 death of Harry Porter, Henry and Rose's fourth child.  You can read it again here.
"(L)ate in the afternoon of November 3 Porter was outside the Star Hotel at the corner of George and Dalley streets talking to some friends. Accused was near the group. During the discussion about the military ribbons Porter was wearing, including the D-C.M. decoration, accused, it was alleged, struck a violent blow. Porter fell and struck his head against an electric light post. Accused then went Into the hotel, and when questioned denied that he hit Porter on the jaw. Taken to Sydney Hospital with a fractured jaw, Porter died two days later."
Megan's the custodian of Harry's medals. They're held in a small wooden, paper lined box which we're confident was made by Harry's father, Henry Porter. It's very poignant to see these medals 98 years after Harry's death.
Harry Porter's First World War Medals
Kingly provided by his 2nd great niece, Megan

The medals are held in this box thought to be crafted by Harry's father, Henry Porter

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