|Place of birth||Bungowannah, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Bungowannah, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Father, T Proctor, Bungowannah, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||7th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/24/5|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Machine Gun Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||23|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Thomas and Martha PROCTOR, Bungowannah, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 360 Pte John Thomas PROCTOR, 12th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 17 July 1916.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 19 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 25 April 1917; marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, 26 April 1917.
Transferred to Machine Gun Details, Grantham, 25 July 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 18 October 1917; taken on strength, 3rd Machine Gun Company, in the field, 23 October 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 11 November 1917.
Red Cross File No 2210401A, Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'
Statement, 292 Pte M. NAUGHTON, 3rd Machine Gun Company (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 11 April 1918: 'He was killed instantly by a shell at about 2 a.m. on or about Nov. 10th, when on a ration party at Broodseinde Ridge, and is buried on the spot.'
Second statement, 4439 Corporal A. WADSWORTH, 3rd Machine Gun Company, 15 May 1918: 'He was with me on a ration party on Sunday Nov 11th about 5 a.m. and we were making home to the Battery again when a shell burst, killing him, and wounding another man named Perriman, Gnr. 3rd M.G. Co. and myself. I'm sure that he was killed because before I left the spot I found Stretcher Bearers and they told me so. After I made my way back and have been in England ever since. Consequently I have heard nothing since. This happened on Passchendaele Ridge, near Zonnebeke and a little past the ruins of the Gasworks belonging to that village, and on the main road to the right of the railway. I don't think that we [sic; he] will be buried in a Cemetery, because that was a busy part of the World at that time. However I ca't say for certain, because I went straight out with my own wounds. I can't describe him very well because he had only been with us a week or so I had met him only once or twice, but as far as I can remember he was about 5ft. 9ins. tall, fair, medium build with a serious expression of countenance. He was also very quiet and retiring. The number, name and initials are right as far as I can remember.'
Third statement, 550 Pte F.V. BISHOP, 3rd Machine Gun Company (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 27 August 1918: 'I had complained of sore feet so Cpl. Wadsworth asked Proctor to take my place and accompany him in going out for rations. While waiting at Passchendaele for the rations Proctor was killed outright by a shell and Wadsworth was wounded.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, PROCTOR William
Red Cross File No 2210401A