Dennis Reid Porteous

Dennis Reid Porteous was born in Bolton on 24 November 1898.

He was the son of George Bertram and Ellen Porteous of 44 Hilden Street, Haulgh, Bolton.

His father, George Bertram Porteous, was a Post-Office Secretary and for a time he was the landlord of The King’s Arms Hotel, Deansgate, Bolton.

His primary education was at Harwood Elementary School and Morris Green Council School.

Dennis attended Bolton Church Institute in Forms I and II from September 1907 to 30 July 1909. Afterwards he was a pupil at Kilgrimol School, St Anne’s-on-Sea.

His sisters Laura (1907-10) and Phyllis (1908-10) also attended the Church Institute.

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Dennis's War

Dennis enlisted as Private G/22923, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment at a date unknown but after his eighteenth birthday on 24 November 1916.

He was awarded the Military Medal, which was announced in the London Gazette on 25 April 1918, a month after he had been killed on 28 March. As he was not an officer, no details are given about the brave act which earned the medal.

The 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment was involved in the First Battle of Arras (1918) on 28 March, an early stage of the resistance against a concerted German attack.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
12 April 1918


PORTEOUS – on March 28th, in France, DENNIS REID, 8 Hawthorne-rd., Bolton, aged 19.




Dennis Reid Porteous

Private: G/22923

7th Battalion
Royal Sussex Regiment

Born: Bolton 24 November 1898

Died: France 28 March 1918

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