Lieutenant 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Servce No: 327664
Killed in action 25th March 1944 at Rees Germany
After leaving school in Wales Alexander (Sandy) Porter was commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders and posted to the 1st Battalion serving in North West Europe. He was killed by a stray shell in Rees, Germany, after taking part in Operation Plunder, the crossing of the River Rhine. Sandy had been wounded several weeks previously and went back into action before his wounds were healed properly.
His Commnanding Officer wrote of him: "His platoon never had a better commander". Sandy is mentioned in Colonel Martin Lindsay's book 'So Few Got Through'. Martin Lyndsey was 2nd in Command of 1 Gordons at the Rhine Crossing and wrote the epitaph on Sandy Porter's gravestone - it says simply, "He was such a good fellow".
Sandy was awarded the 1939-45 Star and the War Medal 1939-45.
Alexander’s parents were Major Richard Reginald Maitland Porter and Elizabeth Margaret Jane Garvie Porter, of 7 Argyle Road, Southport, Lancashire. They were particularly proud of their son’s time at Gordonstoun and made a substantial contribution to the cost of the memorial tablet.