PROCTOR, John David
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders (Liverpool Scottish)
Second Lieutenant John Proctor received his commission into the Camerons (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. Lieut. Proctor was seriously wounded during operations at St Nazaire where he was one of Captain Donald Roy's assault party on board HMS Campbeltown. He was evacuated back to the UK on board one of the vessels that returned and 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, Lieut. 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 Commando Association records CVA Gallery London Gazettes Supp. 34791, page 917; Supp. 39392, p6172; Supp. 42123, p5801; Supp. 44493, p80; Supp.45232, p12590.
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