Draper, James


War Service:
Private 10818 JAMES DRAPER of 1st battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment died on 16 May 1915, aged 20.

At 11.30pm on Saturday 15 May the battalion attacked the German trenches near Richbourg l’Avoue in the opening assault of the battle of Festubert. The battalion war diary “… by 12 midnight the whole Battn had been launched to the assault, and had taken all the German trenches allotted to them as their task. The assault was completely successful, magnificently timed, and magnificently carried out. The enterprize, alas, was NOT accomplished without heavy losses, our casualties were …. 4 officers and 45 Other Ranks killed, 3 officers and 287 OR wounded and 2 officers and 75 OR missing.”

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at Christ Church, Forest Hill.

He was the son of Maria Draper, of 121, Ewart Road, Forest Hill,and the late James Draper.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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