Born on 14th September 1894 at Cape Province, South Africa, Beauchamp-Proctor was the Squadron’s highest scoring ace during World War I. The son of a school teacher, when the war began he was a student of engineering at the University of Cape Town but abandoned his studies to join the army. He served as a signaller in the Duke of Edinburgh's Own Rifles and saw action in German South-West Africa before his discharge from the army in August 1915. After completing his education, Beauchamp-Proctor joined the Royal Flying Corps in March 1917 and was commissioned upon his arrival in England. Having successfully completed pilot training, he was posted to 84 Squadron in late July and accompanied this unit to France in September 1917.
Beauchamp-Proctor was killed in an aircraft accident on 21st June 1921 and was buried with full military honours at Upavon, Wiltshire. His body was later returned to his native South Africa and now lies at St John’s Church, Mafeking.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on offensive patrol he observed an enemy two-seater plane attempting to cross our lines. He engaged it and opened fire, with the result that it fell over on its side and crashed to earth. On a later occasion, when on patrol, he observed three enemy scouts attacking one of our bombing machines. He attacked one of these, and after firing 100 rounds in it, it fell over on its back and was seen to descend in that position from 5,000 feet. He then attacked another group of hostile scouts, one of which he shot down completely out of control, and another crumpled up and crashed to earth. In addition to these, he has destroyed another hostile machine, and shot down three completely out of control. He has at all times displayed the utmost dash and initiative, and is a patrol leader of great merit and resource."
MC citation, Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 June 1918
Distinguished Flying Cross
"Lt. (T./Capt.) Andrew Weatherby Beauchamp-Proctor, M.C.
DFC citation, Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 August 1918
Distinguished Service Order
"A fighting pilot of great skill, and a splendid leader. He rendered brilliant service on the 22nd August, when his Flight was detailed to neutralise hostile balloons. Having shot down one balloon in flames, he attacked the occupants of five others in succession with machine-gun fire, compelling the occupants in each case to take to parachutes. He then drove down another balloon to within fifty feet of the ground, when it burst into flames. In all he has accounted for thirty-three enemy machines and seven balloons."
DSO citation, Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918
"Between August 8th, 1918, and October 8th, 1918, this officer proved himself victor in twenty-six decisive combats, destroying twelve enemy kite balloons, ten enemy aircraft, and driving down four other enemy aircraft completely out of control.
VC citation, Supplement to the London Gazette, 30 November 1918
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