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PERCY DRAPER 1887–1915

Lincolnshire

Born 1887, September quarter, Woolsthorpe, Notts.

Married Sarah Etta Potter in 1914

Daughter Mary born 25th January 1915, died aged 16 in Wallingford Hospital and buried Mickleover, Derbys.

Killed in action  22nd February 1915

Buried Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium

Remembered on La Chapelle Farm Memorial 4, Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial, Saxondale War Memorial

1891 Census

Age 3, living, with father Daniel, a groom and gardener, mother Mary and brothers Ernest 4 and George 1 in Scarrington.

1901 Census

Age 13 living with father Daniel, gardener, mother Mary, brothers Ernest 14, a house boy, George 11 and sisters Mabel 8 and Lilian 3 in Culverthorpe. He is employed as a farm worker.

Military service before 1914

In 1911, age 22 serving with 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment abroad: Arabia, Cyprus, Gibraltar

After completing his terms of service with the army he took employment at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale); he is listed in their records as an attendant who left to serve in the Armed Forces.

Military Service 1914–15

Rank: Private

Service Number: 7888

Military Unit: 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, 9th Brigade, 3rd Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, entry date 27.8.1914

Enlisted in Grantham.

Killed in action 22.2.15 during attack on Bellewaarde, near La Chapelle Farm, Belgium.

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star, British War and Victory

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Other information

Percy Draper was one of twelve soldiers killed in action in 1915 who was buried at La Chapelle Farm. The graves were  destroyed in later battles; the bodies were removed to Hooge cemetery (source: www.cwgc.org). There are no war diaries currently available for the 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.

His widow married in 1919 in Mickleover. Daughter Mary Bettine Draper died aged 16 at Wallingford Hospital and was buried in Mickleover.

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent at Notts. County Asylum.

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Courtesy of Peter Gillings Hooge Crater cemetery
Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium