Pvt Arthur Herbert Procter

Pvt Arthur Herbert Procter

Birth
Bootle, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England
Death 26 Jan 1973 (aged 82)
Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Burial Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Plot Cremated; ashes buried in All Saints Chapel
Memorial ID 10030185 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Bootle, England, he served as a Private in the 1/5th Battalion, The King's Regiment, British Army. On June 4, 1916 near Ficheux, France, Private Procter noticed some movement of two wounded men who were lying about 15 yards in front of the German trenches. He went out on his own initiative and under heavy fire ran and crawled to the two men. He got them under cover of a small bank dressed their wounds and promised that they would be rescued after dark. He left them with warm clothing and then returned to the trenches, again being heavily fired at. The men were rescued at dusk. For most prestigious gallantry, he was vested the Victoria Cross by King George V at Amiens, France, on August 9, 1916 and he was the first British soldier to be decorated with the Victoria Cross on the battlefield. After the war, he worked as a salesman until 1926, then he was ordained a deacon in 1927 and was ordained as a priest in 1928. During World War II, he served as a chaplain in the Royal Air Force, (1941-46). He died at age 83 in Sheffield, England.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 3 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10030185
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Arthur Herbert Procter (11 Aug 1890–26 Jan 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10030185, citing Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .