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FATHER & SON'S MEDAL GROUPS TO 2/AUCKL. R., N.Z.E.F. & R.A.F. (K.I.A.)

*** RESERVED *** Father's group: Distinguished Conduct Medal George V to 12-3449 Sgt. W.A. Proctor, 2/Auck. R.; 1914-15 Star to 12/3449 Sjt. W.A. Proctor, N.Z.E.F.; WWI War & Victory Medals to 12/3449 Sjt. W.A. Procter, N.Z.E.F. Son's group: WWII New Zealand silver Memorial Cross to NZ413121 Sjt. D.S. Procter; 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with North Africa clasp 1942-43, WWII Defence Medal, WWII War Medal; New Zealand War Service Medal, accompanied by medal and cross transmission slips.
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Gazetted 1 Jan 1919: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At La Signy Farm on 30th March, 1918, when an enemy machine-gun was firing at his platoon, he shot three of the crew and captured the gun. After that he cleared up the trench by bombing, attacking the enemy in a most fearless manner. Throughout he displayed great courage. Later he has been battalion gas N.C.O., and has rendered very valuable service, being with the battalion continuously till wounded near Bapaume on 30 Aug, 1918."

William Procter arrived in Egypt with the 8th Reinforcements on the 13th November, 1915. He served in the Egyptian E.F. and Western European Theatres of Operations all the way through to the end of the War, serving nearly four years overseas. Wounded in Action on the 15th September, 1916 and then again wounded near Bapaume on 30th August, 1918.

William's son, Dennis Procter, was a R.N.Z.A.F. 38 Squadron Pilot. On the night of the 14 Dec 1942 Dennis was Captain of a Wellington Bomber which took off on Air Operations to carry out an offensive Torpedo strike west of Tripoli. The aircraft failed to return and presumably crashed into the sea not very far from the Palestine coastline but unfortunately the exact location is not known. All six of the crew were classified as missing. No news of the aircraft or any of its crew was received and in due course all crew including Dennis were officially presumed to have been Killed in Action on the 15 Dec 1942. Procter had taken part in 19 operational sorties including 6 attacks on Tobruk, attacks on Bardia and Mersa Matruh and 11 shipping strikes. He is commemorated at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.

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