Thomas Ernest Proctor

Census Address: 27 Bentley Street
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1896
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment; Royal Field Artillery
Service Numbers: 3348
Place of Death: Bourne
Date Died: 1991
27 Bentley Street, Stamford

Thomas was born on September 10th 1896 in Stamford. In 1901 the family lived at 5 Vine Street where his father Jacob was a baker and pork butcher. His mother was Rose Ada and he had a brother John Henry and sister Beatrice.

In 1911 the family had moved to 27 Bentley Street. There they had a grocery and bakery shop. All the family took part in the business – John, now 20, was a baker, Beatrice 19 an assistant in the shop, Rose assisting with the business and Thomas assisting in the bakery.

Jacob had served with the Territorials since 1897. At that time it was very like the Reservists today. He went for training each year and signed on again on a yearly basis. He could leave on payment of £5. He enlisted with the 4th Lincolnshires in 1908 but never went abroad and he was discharged in 1916.

Thomas served with the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, enlisting in November1914 – reg no. 3348. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and then was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery in April 1915 and served in France where he was wounded in April 1917.

He was demobbed in March 1919 and later in June 1928 he married Emilia Neale and they lived at ‘Kilworth’, also in Northfields, Stamford.

In 1939 the brothers were running the business and Thomas was postmaster, he died in 1991 in Bourne.