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Surname: PROCTOR

Forename(s): Lewis

Place of Birth: Sawley, Yorkshire

Service No: 228683

Rank: Driver

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Battery 174th Brigade

Division: 39th Division

Age: 33

Date of Death: 1918-10-06

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. B. 2.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Local War Memorial: SAWLEY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Lewis Proctor was the son of Henry and Jane Alberta Proctor, née Little. Henry was born at Sawley, Yorkshire and Jane at Sparland, Illinois, U.S.A.

1891 Langho, Lancashire Census: Lower Fold - Lewis Proctor, aged 6 years, born Grindleton, Yorkshire, son of Henry and Jane A. Proctor.

1901 Sawley, Yorkshire Census: Abbey - Lewis Procter, aged 16 years, born Sawley, nephew of Amos and Elizabeth Higson [née Holgate].

Lewis was married to Edith Emma Holgate in 1910.

1911 Clitheroe, Lancashire Census: 18, Parson Lane - Lewis Proctor, aged 26 years, born Sawley, Yorkshire, husband of Edith Proctor.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Dvr Lewis Proctor, 228683, R.F.A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Dvr Lewis Proctor, 228683, R.F.A. Dead 6.10.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gnr Lewis Proctor, 228683, A/174th Bde. R.F.A. Date and Place of Death: 6.10.18. K. in A. France or Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Edith E. £14 11s. 3d. O.S.B. Children - Reginald, born 22.3.11. £23 2s. 6d. Norman, born 17.8.15. £2 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Lewis. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Edith Emma, born 2.11.84. Address: 18, Parson Lane, Clitheroe. Children: Reginald, born 22.3.11. Norman, born 17.8.15.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 39th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 39th Division

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: PROCTOR

Forename(s): Lewis


Residence: Clitheroe, Lancs

Enlisted: Clitheroe

Number: 228683

Rank: Dvr

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery



Died Date: 06/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: PROCTOR

Forename(s): Lewis

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 228683

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: "A" Bty. 174th Bde.

Age: 33


Died Date: 06/10/1918

Additional Information: Son of Henry and Jane Alberta Proctor; husband of Edith Emma Proctor, of Sawley, Clitheroe, Lancs. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: TRUE LIFE IS SACRIFICE)

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (1 November 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

[Untitled article]

A memorial service to the late Gunner Lewis Procter will be held in the Sawley Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday week at 6-30 p.m.

Grindleton War Memorial – Biographical Notes by Shirley Penman

LEWIS PROCTOR, son of Henry and Jane Alberta nee Little married 1884 St. Ambrose, Grindleton. Husband of Edith Emma nee Holgate married 1910 Ribble Valley. Was killed whilst riding up to the line with three other soldiers - he and his horse were killed instantly by an exploding shell, whilst the other three and their horses escaped. 39th Division had been withdrawn in May, 1918 but 174th Brigade had carried on under a sub group - 16th Divisional Artillery. They transferred to the Canadian Corps on 24/8/1918 and took part in the Battle of the Scarpe 26-30/8/1918; Action at Drocourt-Queant Line 2-3/9/1918; Canal du Nord 27/9 to 1/10/1918 ; Battle of Cambrai 8-9/10/1918 and Pursuit to the Selle 9-12/10/1918. So it seems that Lewis died just before the Battle of Cambrai - perhaps even as they were positioning the guns for that battle? General Sir Martin Farndale stated in his book “that 39th Division took the brunt of the German offensive in March, 1918 and that “great deeds of valour were performed; the guns of 41st, 174th and 186th Brigades pushed boldly onto the crests or into the open to engage the enemy over open sights”

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Sawley Memorial




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