MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793-1814, ONE CLASP, BARROSA ‘H.A. PROCTOR, C.B., CAPT., 82ND FOOT’
Lieutenant-General Henry Adolphus Proctor C.B, entered the British Army as a Cornet, 2nd Life Guards on 14th Jan 1801 and was advanced to Lieutenant in March of the following year. Promoted Captain into the 82nd Foot on 16th May 1806 and given Command of the Regiments light company. In 1809 he participated in the Walcheren Expedition and was present at the siege of Flushing. Thereafter, he served at Gibraltar and the peninsular from 1810, being present at the affair of the Posts near Malaga. He was wounded whilst one of Company commanders in Browne’s Flank Battalion, who played such a prominent roll at during the desperate battle of Barossa in March 1811. He then took part in the defence of Tarifa, the siege of and the half starved retreat from Burgos. A retreat of over 200 miles in atrocious weather conditions. Proctor left the Peninsular in December 1812, having been promoted Major on 30th April that year. After a couple of years on home service, he returned to the Peninsula, serving in the latter phases of the War in the South of France, from April to July 1814.
Major Proctor embarked from Bordeaux for Canada in July 1814 in commanded the 82nd, Commanding at Fort Erie and throughout the successive operations of the Campaign on the Niagara Frontier - towards the end of the year he received the Brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel for his gallant conduct in repelling an attack made by the Americans on the Batteries before Fort Erie on 17th September 1814 and Cook’s Mill on 19th October 1814. The 82nd Regiment left Canada in June 1815 for England, and then served briefly with the British occupation army near Paris.
Proctor was advanced to Colonel in January 1837, nominated into the Order of the Bath in 1838 and promoted to Major-General in November 1846. He was appointed Colonel of the 97th Foot in November 1852 and to Lieutenant-General in June 1854. Proctor died in 1859, aged 74.
Sold with the following original framed documents; pencil portrait of Proctor circa 1843, letter regarding his pension for distinguished service, signed by Wellington 1850. Lt Colonel Commission document for 14th Sept 1814 (for Fort Erie). High quality copy portrait of Proctor as Captain of the 82nd’s Light Company in 1806……………………………
Condition NEF, attractive patina. A superb medal group to an officer commanding a Regiment in the 1812 War who was promoted for gallantry.