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  • Christina Drummond

Captain Roger Francis Draper, 6th Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Captain Roger Francis Draper of 6th Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment, was killed in action at Suvla Bay on the Aegean coast of the Gallipoli peninsula. He was originally reported missing, but later was presumed to have been killed, his body not found. The second son of the Rector of Adel, he was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, and then joined Barclays Bank. He volunteered at the outbreak of the Great War and was promoted to Captain in May of 1915. With his regiment, part of the British Volunteer Army raised after the outbreak of the war, he was ordered to the Dardanelles early in the summer of 1915, landed on the Peninsula of Gallipoli, arriving just before the severe actions of the middle of August. Two of his three brothers also died in the war - his eldest brother Mark was an officer in the Royal Flying Corps and was killed in a flying accident in 1917, and his younger brother William died in May of 1918 from wounds he sustained three weeks earlier at the Second Battle of the Lys; his youngest brother John was a Second Lieutenant in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was invalided out after being gassed in France in 1917. Roger, from Shrewsbury, who was married just before the outbreak of war, died a week after his 25th birthday.

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