Alfred Hartley Porter 1914-1941
He married Peggy May Bunn at the Elim Church, Barking on 30th July 1938.
During World War 2 he was a Gunner in the 4th Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery (service no. 1576978) and he died in Malta on 1st November 1941. He was killed by a bomb in the early hours on 484 Searchlight Battery HQ, Naxxar.
" Saturday 1 November 1941
0132-0229 hrs Four enemy bombers approached; three crossed coast and dropped bombs Lazaretto Creek, Manoel and Valletta. One Cant 1007 engaged by a Hurricane just before illumination by searchlights, burst into flames and was destroyed. One of crew reported to have baled out before attack. One Italian prisoner of war taken.
A direct hit was made on Manoel Island Ack Ack position killing five members of 7th Heavy Ack Ack Regiment, Royal Artillery: Bombadier George Sharples and gunners Philip Brown, James Connell, Beryl Crossland and Francis Hampton, Bombadier George Sharples.
484 Searchlight Battery HQ, Naxxar was also hit, with 2 wounded and 3 killed: L/Sergeant Frederick Shapley, Gunners William Bowen and Alfred Porter. Gunner James Watson died next day. All of 4th Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery.
0303-0427 hrs three bomber aircraft only one of which crossed coast and dropped bombs Castille area and Main Ditch, Valletta.
During the raids a large number of anti-personnel bombs were dropped. Civilian casualties 2 wounded, 4 killed: Caterina Agius, age 50, Edward Borg, age 16 and Paul Camilleri, age 14 in Valletta; Peter Bonett, age 52 in Marsa. "
Alfred is buried in the Pembroke Military Cemetery on Malta and I have visited twice – a beautiful place.