Draper, Walter Raleigh (No. 135233)

Draper, Walter Raleigh (Walter)


No. 135233, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Died of disease on Sunday 8 August 1943 (aged 54)


Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave 1189)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Walter Raleigh Draper was born on 7 October 1888 and baptised on 4 November 1888 in Bebington Parish Church, Cheshire.  He was a son of Hugh William Draper and Alice Kate Draper (nee Noble) of New Bebington, Cheshire.  Hugh William Draper worked as a ‘leather and hide factor’ and he and Alice Kate had at least three children:

Arnold Inman

Charles Noble

Walter Raleigh

In civilian life Walter Raleigh Draper worked as a commercial vehicle sales manager and during the First World War he served in France with the 1st/4th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (No. 4/1800).  His addresses at that time included The Riding School, Shrewsbury, and 12 Bromboro Road, Bebington, Cheshire.

Walter Raleigh Draper and Alice Marion Augusta (Alice) Glazebrook (daughter of Alfred Percy and Alice Fanny Glazebrook) were married on 10 July 1918 in Bebington.  They subsequently divorced and both remarried.

Alice’s marriage to George H.L. Dobree was registered in the fourth quarter of 1929 in Kensington, London and Walter’s marriage to Marjorie A. Plumpton was registered in the second quarter of 1932 in Bristol, Gloucestershire.

During the Second World War Major Walter Raleigh Draper (No. 135233) served with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and he was 54 when he died of a pulmonary embolus due to laparotomy on 8 August 1943 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.  He was buried on 11 August 1943 in Holywood Cemetery and his address was recorded as Wanaragh, Demesne Road, Holywood.  In other records the name of the house is spelt Wannarajah.