A Tribute to

Arthur Herbert Procter VC

1890 - 1973
Photo of Arthur Herbert Procter VC

.... though heavily fired at, ran and crawled to the two men, ... dressed their wounds ... cheering them with the promise of rescue

Arthur Herbert Procter did not become associated with Tameside until after his glorious military career. He was born in Bootle and educated at Port Sunlight and Exeter. His first employment was at the Corn Exchange in Liverpool. In November 1914 Procter joined the war effort enlisting with the 1/5th Battalion, the King's (Liverpool) Regiment; Territorial Forces. His gallantry in June 1916 in saving two comrades resulted in the award of the Victoria Cross. The citation reads :

'For most conspicuous bravery at Ficheux, France, on 4th June 1916, 3156 Private Procter, noticing some movement on the part of two wounded men who were lying in the open in full view of the enemy at about seventy five yards in front of our trenches, went out on his own initiative, and though heavily fired at, ran and crawled to the two men, got them under cover of a small bank, dressed their wounds and after cheering them with the promise of rescue after dark, and leaving them with some of his clothing for warmth, regained our trenches again being heavily fired at. At dusk both men were brought in alive.'

Photo Of Victoria CrossHe received his Victoria Cross from King George V in France and on his return to Liverpool had a hero's welcome being paraded through the streets and given a gold watch.

In 1918 Procter married Hilda Codd in Birkenhead who bore him a son, Arthur in 1919. Procter now decided on a new vocation and practiced for the Church. He was ordained in 1927.

During the 1930's he was vicar of St Stephens Church, Bennett Street, Hyde. In the Second World War he served as a chaplain in the Royal Air Force after which he was vicar of St Mary's Church in Droylsden.

In 1951 he moved to St Peters Church in Claybrook, Leicester and finally to Sheffield where he died in January 1973 aged eighty two.

Sheffield Cathedral houses a memorial tablet to Procter whilst his Victoria Cross is at the National Museums and Galleries of Merseyside.