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Alternative Reference number2002/144
TitleHerbert Proctor (1904 - 1999) Papers
AdminHistoryHerbert Proctor was born on 31st August 1904 (in Nottingham) and died in March 1999.

The son of Harold Proctor (1872- ) who was a native of Spalding, Lincolnshire. Harold Proctor began his working life aged 10 years and at 17 years he joined the Great Northern Railway. Herbert was educated in Nottingham and served for over 40 years at Barclays Bank, becoming an Associate of the Institute of Bankers (AIB). Unusually he passed both the Banking Diploma and the Trustee Certificate. During the Second World War he served in the RAOC.

He had a wide range of interests which were reflected in the bequests he made in his will.
Railways and Rambling were his main hobbies. Herbert Proctor was a member of:
The Ramblers Association, the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society, Tallyllyn Railway Preservation Society, Festiniog Railway Preservation Society, Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Preservation Society, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society, the National Council of Inland Transport, Railway Development Association (Midland Area), Railway Invigoration Society, Friends of Friendless Churches.

Amongst his friends it was thought that he had travelled on every railway in this country and on many abroad (his final holiday in 1998 was a railway holiday, see his last Journal for a photograph). Upon the formation of the Great Central Association (established by businessmen to restore reasonable passenger services to the old Great Central Line), he gave two interviews on the BBC (1960).

Other interests included:
Membership of Hallamshire Debating Society (rising to Vice-President - his last debate was 'That the Pennine Way is more important than the Pennine Motorway').
Member of Hunter Archaeological Society (retired as Honorary Treasurer in 1988)
Member of New Era Drama Society

Herbert Proctor was also a keen stamp collector, amassing some 30,000 stamps that were stolen in September 1979. He also had a collection of some 15,000 postcards that were reputed to be of places he had been. Unfortunately these have also disappeared through time. He often took advantage of Ramblers Association holidays abroad and on his many visits to Scotland he managed to climb all of the 'Corbetts' and most of the 'Munros' as well as all lesser known 'Donalds' (peaks between 2000 and 2500 feet).

Herbert Proctor never married and has no living relatives. His addresses have included:

56 Orlands Drive, Carlton, Nottingham; 33 Thornsett Road, Sheffield. S7;
19 Steade Road, Sheffield. S7 1DS and 331 Sharrow Lane, Sheffield. S11.

At the end of the list there are a number of log books which contain timetables and maps of rail networks which seem to be imaginary. The books which includes indexes of stations on each Railway, times of arrival and departure, intricate network routes etc are extremely detailed and highlight his enthusiasm for rail travel.

Brief biographical notes were supplied by a friend of the late Mr Proctor and are included in the list below.
DescriptionJournals recording his walks, rambles and railway journeys at home and abroad
Date1933 - 2003
Extent39 items
AccessStatusRestricted
AccessConditionsRestricted access for 30 years
LevelCollection
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