PROCTOR, John David

Rank: 
Lieutenant/later Colonel
Regiment/Corps: 
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
117903
Operations: 
John David Proctor 2 Commando
Second Lieutenant John Proctor received his commission into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (1st Liverpool Scottish)  on the 10th February 1940. He later volunteered for the Independent Companies joining No 4 Ind.Coy. In February 1941 he joined No. 2 Commando as a Lieutenant in 5 troop.
 
Lieutenant Proctor was seriously wounded during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of Captain Donald Roy's assault party on board HMS Campbeltown.  Evacuated back to the UK he spent a lengthy period in hospital after losing a leg as a result of the injuries he had received.
 
Not being operationally fit he was transferred to the staff of the Pay Corps. However in several photos he is also shown on the staff at the Commando Basic Training Centre circa 1944 and 1945 with the rank Captain.
 
Post war he remained in service within the Pay Corps being promoted Major on the 11th November 1951, Lieutenant Colonel on the 31st July 1960, and Colonel on the 31st December 1967. He retired from the Service on the 11th November 1970.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.
Liverpool Scottish Museum Trust.
Commando Association records
CVA Gallery
London Gazette entries: 34791, page 917; 39392, p6172; 42123, p5801; 44493, p80; and 45232, p12590.
 

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