214654 Patrick Joseph PROCTOR, MC, Royal Ulster Rifles attached 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers

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    Captain (temporary Major) Patrick Joseph Proctor, Infantry (since killed in action) was awarded the Military Cross.
    At Termoli on October 6th, 1943, Major Proctor was in command of a company partaking in a battalion attack with a squadron of tanks on enemy positions on the high ground north of San Giacomo and along the road leading from that point towards Termoli. His company was moving in rear at the beginning of the attack but when the forward companies were temporarily held up Major Proctor at once moved forward on his own initiative up the right flank. Advancing very rapidly in close co-operation with the tanks he moved his company into a brick factory which was the first objective. This advance was made in the teeth of fierce opposition from enemy tanks and infantry, but so rapid was it that the enemy were thrown off their guard and the strong-point in the factory was not seriously defended.

    After a brief reorganisation the advance was resumed with his company still leading. Opposition from enemy tanks and machine-guns was encountered by rapidly overcome, and by 1530 hours the final objective was gained and the enemy driven off leaving several wounded prisoners in our hands.

    Major Proctor’s work was consistently of a high order. His leadership and personal example instilled a high morale in his company, and his sound judgement was responsible for many successful actions in the field.

    Major Proctor has since been killed in action; his home was in Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

    Name Proctor, Patrick Joseph
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: 214654
    Regiment: 1 Royal Irish Fusiliers
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 10 February 1944
    Date 1943-1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/4

    Major PATRICK JOSEPH PROCTOR M C 214654, Royal Ulster Rifles attd. 1st Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers who died age 32 on 27 October 1943
    Son of Edward and Martha Proctor; husband of Mary F. Proctor, of Mayford, Woking, Surrey.
    Remembered with honour SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. D. 35.

    London Gazette:
    14 November 1941
    8 February 1944

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