1. Memorial:Berles New Military CemeteryPANEL 31-32
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.132
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour11D GQS

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Family :

Born in Bishop Auckland, the son of John G. and E. Porteous, of Guisborough, Yorks; husband of W. L. Porteous, of 38, Beech Grove, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. SEE RUDD BOOK.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 12 Btn Tank Corps 

Action : The Second Battles of the Somme 1918 

21 August - 3 September 1918. Following the success at Amiens which Ludendorf described as "the black day for the German army" the conditions were right for the advance to be continued over the old Somme battlefield. Astonishingly the battlefield was crossed in 10 days, compared with the four months of the first battle. The Germans were pushed back towards the Hindenburg Line defences.

Detail :

2nd Lieutenant Porteous, 12th battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action 23rd August, 1918. Served as a trooper in 1914 with the Yorkshire Hussars before taking a commission.

Probate PORTEOUS Thomas Williamson of Beech Grove Linthorpe Middlesborough second-lieutenant 12th Tank Corps died 23 August 1918 in France Probate York 15 October to Winifred Lawrence Porteous widow. Effects £162 9s. 3d.

His grave today lies in Berles New Military Cemetery in the village of Berles-au-Bois eight miles south west of Arras.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Zetland No. 561 E.C.Yorkshire (North & East Ridings)

13th May 1914
16th September 1914
21st October 1914

In the 1921 he is recorded as Thomas Williamson, but in the lodge register he is seen as Thomas William (probate confirms his actual name). He is listed as a 24 year old Contractor's Agent from Guisborough. War service is noted in the contribution record for 1915-18 which is followed by "Killed in Action 23rd Aug 1918."

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