Distinguished Service Medal Gazetted 1 Jan 1916.
Charles Herbert Porter was born in Clerkenwell, Middlesex on 21 Sep 1876 and worked as a Telegraph Messenger, joining the Royal Navy on 21 Sep 1894 aged 12 and was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal before serving with H.M.S. Intrepid from 17 Dec 1914 to 8 Mar 1915 when he served aboard former Orient Steam Navigation Co. minelayer H.M.S. Ovieto to 24 May 1916 and New Zealand inter-island ferry, H.M.S. Wahine from 22 July 1916 for the remainder of the war. H.M.S. Ovieto was involved in the largest minelaying operation to date, Operation 'C Y', alongside the Princess Margaret and Angora.