An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Robert Davidson PROUD

No. 2338802 Company Quartermaster Sergeant,
Royal Corps of Signals.

Died on 7 December 1942, aged 27 years.

Commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Surrey,
Panel 7, Column 3.

The Brookwood Memorial commemorates nearly 3,500 members of the land forces of Britain and the Commonwealth who died in the Second World War with no known grave and who could not be appropriately commemorated on the campaign memorials in the various theatres of war. Some, for instance, died at sea in hospital ships or troop transports, in waters not associated with major campaigns; others were special agents who died after capture or while working with Allied underground movements; and others again were killed in specially planned raids by sea and land on enemy-occupied territory in Europe. How CQMS Proud met his death is at present unknown.

Robert Davidson Proud entered Coatham School in September 1927, aged twelve, and joined Gale’s House. His parents’ details are currently not known. He came to the school with a Sir William Turner Foundation Scholarship. These were awarded annually by competition to boys from local schools. He passed his School Certificate examinations in July 1932 and left school that year. In September 1940 he married Pauline Cecilia Crosby in Middlesbrough and their home was in Roseberry Road, Middlesbrough, at the time of his death. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1943.