PROCTOR, JOSEPH MARTELL

Birthdate
Birthplace
Jackson, Michigan, U.S.A.
Age
21
Parents
Son of John Wesley and Marjorie Proctor of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Methodist
Occupation
Labourer
Service number
A/116941
Engagement
1942-12-28, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1943-09-14, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-25, France
Date of death
1944-09-09
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Cemetery reference
Plot 7 | Row E | Grave 9

"THE WAYS OF A MAN ARE CLEAN IN HIS OWN EYES; BUT THE LORD WEIGHETH THE SPIRITS"

Military grave
Additional info

To be Lance Corporal on June 8, 1943.

To be Corporal on July 22, 1943.

Revert to the rank of Private on August 16, 1943.

Assigned to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment on March 13, 1944.

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment war diary reports on September 9, 1944:
Dull and clearing
0005 hrs: The O GP moved to the Command Post at MR 871931 (Bareelstraat, Oostkamp, Belgium).

0100 hrs: "D" Company under heavy fire from the flanks (20mm and SA) crossed the canal. The going was very slow but the Battalion succeeded in contacting the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada who had met fierce resistance.

0300 hrs: The Battalion deployed and took up positions as follows: "A" Coy 873940 (Sint-Godelievestraat, just South of Moerbruggeplein), "B" Coy 873939 (just South East of "A" Coy), "C" Coy 875939 (crossing Valentijn Hennemanstraat/ Oedelemsestraat), "D" Coy 875940 (just North West of "C" Coy). These areas were taken over from the A&SH of Canada who withdrew slightly.
Two counter attacks were made in an effort to cut us off, which were repulsed. The enemy, however, had our positions 'taped' and we took a severe shelling and mortaring. He had at his disposal 20 mm's, mortars, 75 mm's, 88mm's and 105 mm's, the latter of which hit the Command Post several times.
The big question was supplies. As no headway could be made in building the bridge, supplies included food and ammo had to be taken across by boat. This also became a serious problem as all but one of the boats were sunk so that before we could effectively carry on the fight, the boats from 'Rivierbeck' river had to be brought forward over open bullet-swept fields.

PROCTOR, JOSEPH MARTELL
Source: VAC