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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Reginald James Porter

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Date of birth: 26th May 1910
Place of birth: Alverstoke, Hampshire, England
Parents: Frederick and Mary Porter
Wife: Solvieg Porter
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Musician
Service Number: RMB/ 3040
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"Jim" as he was known to his family, was born on 26th May 1910 to Frederick and Mary Porter of Gosport, Hampshire. He joined the Royal Marines on 9th December 1924 and was trained as a French Horn player in the School of Music.

Jim served aboard several ships during his naval career, to include Resolution, Queen Elizabeth, Dorsetshire, Carlise, Nelson and Hood. He met his wife Solvieg in Norway and the two were married in May 1941, just 10 days before the sinking of Hood. He was the brother of Fred Porter, who was also lost in the sinking of Hood. Jim's action station at the time of his loss was the 15" Transmitting Station. He was 30 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photographs
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Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Reginald's name is in Column 1 of Panel 60.

Detail of Reginald's name.

Royal Marine Band School of Music, H.M.S. Nelson, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The memorial lists the names of all Royal Marines Musicians lost during World War 2.

Reginald's name along with the other men from Hood's Royal Marine Band.
(Detail from the bottom of the left hand panel.)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Jim's nephew, Bruce Porter (photo & information, February 2004)
Chris Chalkley (photographs of Royal Marine Band Memorial), November 2021