Project Description

WALTER DRAPER 1895–1915

 Hussars

Brother of George

Born 30 September 1895 in Scarrington

Killed in action 13 May 1915, age 19

Remembered on Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Admitted 7.11.1898

1901 Census

Age 5 living with father Thomas, a labourer, mother Maria, a lace beader, brothers George 7, John 3 and Frederick 9 months on Bolton Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Age 15 living with father Thomas, road repairer for County Council, mother Maria née Shepherd, brothers George William 17 and Albert 2 and sister Emma 5 in Gilman’s Yard, Station Road, Radcliffe on Trent. He is employed as a market gardener.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 8200

Military Unit: 10th (The Prince of Wales’s Own Royal) Hussars, 6th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, entry date 6.10.14. Total service abroad, 7 months

Enlisted in Nottingham

Killed in action at 2nd Battle of Ypres, during the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge (11-13 May), in which the 3rd Cavalry Division were present. Note on medal rolls card ‘death accepted’. Son of Maria and the late Thomas Draper.

War Diaries for his military unit are currently unavailable online so it has not been possible to describe in detail the events on the day he died.

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star, British War and Victory

Go to WWI Timeline to see how this man’s death is part of the wider story of the war.

Other information

From Commonwealth War Graves: Son of Maria Draper, of Station Road, Radcliffe and the late Thomas Draper

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

Menin Gate

Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium