Obituary: The Late Major F.W. Proctor

Published on 01 July 1916 in Obituaries

of Major Proctor’s ornithological friends were startled some months ago by the news t h a t he was in a critical condition and that it had been found necessary to amputate one of his legs, but even then few could have anticipated that on June 13th he would have passed away. Almost to the last he retained his keen interest in oology and bird-life, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than the receipt of a letter full of bird news or a talk with a brother ornithologist. Frederic William Proctor was the son of William Proctor, of Torquay. He was born in 1862, and from his earliest days was deeply interested in birds. On entering the Army he joined the 33rd (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment and spent seven years serving in India, where he made a collection of birds. Subsequently he was for a time attached to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and retired with the honorary rank of Major. In 1891 he married Hope Lake, step-daughter of Mr. W. H. Paling, of Sydney, New South Wales, and had four children, three sons and one daughter, of whom the two elder sons, Lieut. E. Proctor, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and Midshipman V. W. L. Proctor (H.M.S. Ajax), have already seen service for their country. He joined the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1893, and was also a frequent visitor to the British Ornithologists’ Club, where from time to time he exhibited some of the more interesting specimens

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