Harry Porteous

Harry rejoined his old territorial battalion at the outbreak of war, and was killed at Loos in 1915.

Harry Morton Porteous was born in Edinburgh on 6 December 1888, the son of Alexander Porteous, a surveyor, and his wife Ellen. He was educated at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh.

In January 1904 Harry started work as an apprentice at Edinburgh West End branch of National Bank of Scotland. Six months later he moved to the discount office at the bank’s head office in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. In 1906 he transferred to the head office inspector’s department.

Outside work Porteous was a so-called ‘Saturday afternoon soldier’, a volunteer in the Edinburgh Territorials, for ten years. He rejoined his old regiment as soon as Britain entered the First World War on 4 August 1914. Men with his military experience were sorely needed in 1914, and in December that year he was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry. He continued his training in England.

On 23 April 1915 Harry married Helen (‘Nell’) Motion at Glasgow Cathedral. Two months later, he went with his battalion to France. He was killed in action two months later, on 25 September 1915, at the Battle of Loos.