Born: 1893, Chelmondiston, Suffolk.
Died: 20th January 1918; age: 25; KiA with Submarine.
Rank: Fireman; Service Number: 912029, Mercantile Marine Reserve, H.M. S. ‘Louvain’.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Mary H. Day, of 7, Halifax Cottages, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.
1901 The Street, Barrack Road, Shotley, Suffolk.
Charles was 8 years old and living with his widowed mother, brother, step brother and widowed step sister, nephew & nieces.
Mary Helen Porter (nee Smith (1st marriage Taylor)), 43, born Shotley, Suffolk.
51, a Steamstress – Shirts – own account – at home.
Amos, 22, a Building Contractor’s Labourer.
Frederick Austin Porter, 14, an Odd Job Boy – Farm, born Chelmondiston.
Charles Henry Porter, 8, born Chelmondiston.
Eliza Elizabeth Keane (nee Taylor), 26, a Monthly Maid – own account, born Shotley.
Charles William Keane, 5, born Chelmondiston.
Florence Elizabeth Keane, 3, born Aldershot, Hampshire.
Nellie Keane, 1, born Carragh Camp, Ireland.
1911 7, Halifax Cottages, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.
Charles was 19 years old, a Milkman – Farming. He was living with his mother, her husband and nephew.
Alfred Day, 67, a Shoeing Smith, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Charles Keane, 15, an Apprentice – Iron Moulder.
Charles’s father was George Porter, born 1841, Tattingstone, Suffolk – died May 1900, Chelmondiston. A Farm Labourer.
Florence & Nellie Keane, became inmates at a children’s workhouse, together they were sent to Canada with Barnardo’s in 1913.
H.M.S. ‘Louvain’ was originally named S.S. ‘Dresden’ she was built by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Hull in 1897, and owned by The Great Western Railway Co. S.S. ‘Dresden’ operated on the North Sea route between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. In 1915, she was taken over by the Admiralty and re-named as H.M.S. ‘Louvain’ and used as a troop transport ship.
On the 1st January 1918, she set sail from Portsmouth for the Limnos Island, via Malta. She left Malta’s Grand Harbour on the 18th January at 3pm, carrying stores, post and men for the fleet in the Aegean Sea. On the 20th January 1918, she was sunk by the German minelaying submarine UC-22, (Commanding Officer Carl Bunte, Oblt.z.S) in the Keos Strait, in the Aegean Sea. 224 persons lost.
Thankfully, 1 of the survivors was Charles & Frederick’s brother, James William Porter who was rescued from the sea by another ship even though he could not swim.
Photograph of James William Porter courtesy of Vivien.