Private William James Proctor

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

3 Mar 1917

Media files and documents

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat trade worker


Messrs J. & K. Connor, 28-32 Buxton Road, Luton

Service Number

3445, 25628

Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

86 Russell Rise
United Kingdom

Place of Death

London General Hospital
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Plot Z.L.15
Crawley Green Road
United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 8th March 1917


Pte William James Proctor, 25628, 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment (Depot), died from pneumonia in the London General Hospital, Camberwell, on March 3rd, 1917. He was aged 33.

Born in Redbourn, he played football for Luton's Clarence FC and in June 1916 joined the 27th Middlesex Regiment (the Footballers' Battalion) [3445] under the Derby scheme. He trained at Aldershot and about five months before his death proceeded to France, where he was transferred to the East Surrey Regiment.

The severe winter, coupled with campaigning hardships, had sapped his constitution, and colds and chills eventually led to pneumonia. He was invalided home, and arrived at the London General Hospital about a week before his death and was visited by wife Jessie and friends.

Prior to joining up, the old boy of Christ Church School was employed by hat manufacturers Messrs J. and K. Connor, of 28-32 Buxton Road, Luton.

He had married Jessie Marion Crook, daughter of James Crook, licensee of the Bedford Arms, Stuart Street, in the summer of 1913. They lived at 86 Russell Rise, Luton, and had a daughter, Joan, born in late 1915.

William Proctor was buried at the Luton Church Cemetery, Crawley Green Road, on March 8th, 1917.


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Author: KarenC

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