Thomas James Procter

First Name: 
Thomas
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Procter
Alternate Spelling: 
Proctor
Mother's Name: 
Mary Ann (nee James)
Father's Name: 
George Procter
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, January 28, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
35th Battalion
Company: 
B Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, June 11, 1917
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Died of wounds received
Details: 

Thomas Procter (Service No 534) was born in Wollongong, NSW about 1885. At the time of enlistment he stated he was a single 31 year old shiftman. His next of kin is listed as his adopted daughter Phyllis. A number of letters on file from an Amy Williams do not give specific details but indicate that she is Thomas' de-facto wife and has the care of his adopted child. She states reasons for the adoption are private and personal. The Army accepted her claims.

He embarked on HMAT A24 Benalla with B Company, 35th Battalion on 1st May 1916. Thomas arrived in England on 9th July 1916 and after some training was sent to France arriving on 21st November 1916. He survived the terrible winter of 1916/17 seeing service on the Western Front.

On 8th June 1917 Thomas was evacuated to 13th General Hospital suffering gun shot wounds to his neck and skull. He died from these wounds 3 days later and is buried in Bologne Eastern Cemetery Plot IV, Row B, Grave 58.

A note on his file states he was mentioned for bravery in the field.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PROCTER THOMAS JAMES

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