Author: Fred J. Proctor
Author: Fred J. Proctor (1854–1935)
Alternate Name(s): Frederick Joseph Proctor (legal name)
Biography: Frederick Joseph Proctor was born in 1854 in Portsmouth, the son of Frederick Proctor. As a youth he trained as a teacher before moving into journalism. By all accounts, Proctor remained busy: from journalism he moved into publishing his own local paper Chat; he served as one of the auditors of his borough; he was several times elected to the local school board; and he was a gifted artist. He published two novels both of which he illustrated himself. In 1876, he married Emily Francis Mew and the couple had several children. After his retirement from the press, he owned a laundry. He died 27 April 1935 in his native Portsmouth.
References: British Census (1871, 1881, 1901, 1911); Literary World (29 December 1899); Portsmouth Evening News (27 June 1936); Probate
- Timothy Twill's Secret. 1 vol. London: Tarstow Denver and Co., 1891.
- The Secret of Mark Pepys. 1 vol. London: Digby, Long, 1899.