Larry Porter who died in May 2007 aged 80 served with three cavalry regiments between February 1946 to April 1948.

He was enlisted into the General Service Corps on 25 January 1945 and joined No 30 PWU on 1 March.

On completion of basic training he was posted to the 61st Training Regiment RAC at Barnard Castle and trained as a Gnr/Op and promoted to lance corporal.

In February 1946 he was posted to the 4th Hussars in Italy and joined ‘B’ Squadron. The Regiment was due to be posted to Lubeck in Germany in March 1947 and non-regulars in the Regiment (which included Larry) were posted to the 9th Lancers who were serving in Palestine.

He served with the Lancers until November 1947 then transferred to the 3rd Hussars in Palestine until his discharge to the Reserve in April 1948.

In civilian life Larry ran his own painting and decorating business, he was a keen Arsenal FC supporter and was involved in local charity work.

He regained contact with the Regiment in March 1991 when a friend put him in touch with the British Legion Magazine ‘Lost Trail Section’.

Through that he contacted his Best Man (after 36 years) who was also a 4th Hussar and had served with Larry in ‘B’ Squadron in Italy. He then joined the Association.

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