Lieutenant J. A. Proctor
SAC 1908-1909

Lieutenant John Alexander Proctor was born on April 29, 1894. He attended St. Andrew's College in the third form, for two terms only entering in September 1908 and leaving at the close of January, 1909.

"He went overseas in July 1917, and saw considerable service in France before being seriously wounded in September, 1918. On March 31st, 1919, two days before he was to return to Canada, he fell from a train near Guildford, on his return journey from London to Witley Camp. The wheels of the train apparently passed over him and he was killed instantly. At the time of his death he was attached to the 8th Reserve as a Lieutenant." [1919 Review]

According to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial information he was serving with the 116th Battalion when he died accidentally in England on March 31st, 1919 at the age of  24 years. The National Archives C.E.F. Database lists his final rank as Captain however the "116th Battalion in France" also list him as a Lieutenant in their Honour Roll.

He is buried at the Beaverton (Stone Church) United Church Cemetery, Ontario, Canada

  • Officer Declaration Paper (National Archives)
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for John Proctor. This page also includes a link to his commemoration on page 541 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Group Photograph of the Officers of the 116th (Ontario County) Battalion.
Published prominently in the Toronto Star on January 5th, 1918.
John Proctor is back row, third from the left.

Newspaper Clipping

"University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", 1921.