Porter, William Alger

1903 Porter cropped
Sergeant Major WA Porter 1900

Sergeant-Major W. A. Porter joined the Regiment in or before 1889 and was promoted to Corporal 23 Sep 1891. He earned a three year good service badge in 1892 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1896. He is first listed as Sergeant-Major on the nominal role for annual camp in 1898-99. At the turn of the century he was in a photo of the Sergeants’ Mess and was listed as Mess President. He is last mentioned on the nominal roll for annual camp in 1903-04 as Sergeant Major.

His death, of a protracted illness, was reported in the Globe February 6 1941. He was said to have been a great sportsman; he was a heavyweight boxer and footballer in his youth and was Honourary President of the Balmy Beach Football Club at the time of his death.

  • Born: 1872, Toronto
  • Former Svc:
  • Religion: Anglican
  • Trade: Plumbing supply business
  • Date of attestation: 1889 (or before)
1903 Sgts'(c2)
Staff Sergeants and Sergeants 1903, Sergeant Major Porter right of centre (reclined)

Timeline of service:

  • 1889 or before, joined regiment;
  • 1891 15 Apr, Private Porter granted Corporal’s certificate;
  • 1891 23 Sep, Private Porter promoted to Corporal;
  • 1892 25 Jan, Corporal Porter granted Sergeant’s certificate;
  • 1892 1 Nov, Corporal Porter awarded 3 year Good Service badge;
  • 1896 29 May, promoted to Sergeant, Regimental Orders;
  • 1897 22 Jan, 1 year good service badge, Regimental Orders;
  • 1898-99, listed as Sergeant Major, Nominal Roll D Company Annual Drill;
  • 1900, listed as Sergeant Major and President of the Mess Committee in photo of Sergeants’ Mess;
  • 1902-03, listed as Sergeant Major, Nominal Roll Staff Sergeants Annual Drill;
  • 1903-04, listed as Sergeant Major, Nominal Roll Staff Sergeants Annual Drill.
1900 Porter
Officers of the Sergeants’ Mess 1900
1900 Back of Sgts' Mess photo
Officers of the QOR Sergeants’ Mess 1900 (back of photo)
  • Hospital Sergeant T. A. E World,
  • Sergeant J. D.  Falconbridge,
  • Colour Sergeant * * Angus,
  • Sergeant G. Brown?
  • Sergeant Major W. A. Porter, Pres,
  • Sergeant George Cooper, Vice pres,
  • Pay Sergeant W. Ashall,
  • Colour Sergeant E. [Ernest] Wingate.


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