Edward R. V. Porter.

b. 1887 d.1982 (Aged 95)

The following is a brief history of my fathers life as I know it. (By Robert Porter)

His last place of employment was at Joseph Baker & Sons, Engineers of Willesdon, London, he left to become involved as a Union Member. He first became Branch Secretary at Kensal Green, Harlesdon, which later moved to Shepherds Bush and became known as London West Branch 1909 until 1917.

London District Secretary, Toolmakers.
Became a Shop Steward about 1912 to 1919
A Member of the Executive Council and became Chairman.
Elected Organiser February 1919. Fulltime for London and South of England of the Amalgamated Engineering Union.
Joined the Willesdon Labour Party 1910.
Allocated to Bristol, July 1920 as D.O. (District Organiser )
Held Chairmanship of West of England J.I.C.
Electricity Supply 1937-1949
Secretary of G.W.R. Line Committee 1922-1949
Appointed Deputy Chairman for the South Western Gas Board, necessitating resignation from the A.E.U.1940.


Motto: For God and the Empire
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My Father.

My recollection of my days growing up with my father was that he was away quite a bit from home, working, i.e. attending meetings etc. in various parts of the country. When he was home he spent time with the family and would take us on outings with my mother and the children who were living at home. I remember we use to go on the Tram from Zetland Road to the Downs and take a picnic with us and usually play cricket.

Our holidays were usually spent at places like Bournemouth, Weymouth and Southsea. He liked to be with his family but his work meant he had to spend a lot of time away from home. Obviously he enjoyed what he was doing. When he retired he spent alot of time in the garden. He enjoyed breaks away from Bristol. Short car journeys in the countryside. When my mother died Aunty Lily came to Bristol from London to help out. She having lost her husband (my Uncle Charles) about the same time. In due course they were married and I think I was the Best Man (witness).

This article was written by Robert Porter

Robert Porter b.1967 d.2024