Stanley PROCTOR
Rank: Private
Number: 18649
Unit: 15th Battalion ROYAL SCOTS
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 22
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Stanley was born in Marple, the son of Joseph and Mary. Joseph was the village policeman. In 1901, when a national census was taken he had been reassigned and the family was living at Odd Rode, Cheshire. Joseph was then 45; Mary was 42. They had several children - Eva (11), Gladys (5), Hilton (12), Joseph (3), Stanley (7) and Vera (9 months).

By the time of the Great War, they had moved back to Marple (in the 1920s, the family was at "Crofton", Hawk Green). Stanley was exceptionally tall for those days, standing at 6 feet 2 inches. He was keen athlete and a member of Disley Harriers. The local newspaper reported that he had enlisted into the army on the day the Germans bombarded Scarborough. This was an attack by a naval ship on 16 December 1914.

After training, Stanley and his comrades went overseas in January 1916. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, in the attack described here.

Further information about Stanley, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

   
           
   
     
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