Percy Smedley DRAPER


DRAPER, Percy Smedley

Service Number: 2279
Enlisted: 27 January 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Clifton, New South Wales, Australia, 11 December 1881
Home Town: Clifton, Wollongong, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher/Grocer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 6 August 1915, aged 33 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel No. 22, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

27 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2279, Liverpool, New South Wales
14 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2279, 4th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2279, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
4 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2279, 4th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2279, 4th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Percy Draper only arrived at Gallipoli on the 4 August 1915, only two days before his death.

He was 38 years of age, married with 3 infant children. He fell before the Anzacs reached the log covered trenches, in the charge; his death was witnessed by the later Captain Allan Edwin Leane 48th Battalion. Leane was also a private of the 6th reos, 4th Battalion, but he was quickly promoted and transferred to his brother’s unit the 48th Battalion in France. He died as a Captain at Bullecourt in 1917.


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

"2279 Private Percy Smedley Draper, 4th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion... A butcher of Clifton, NSW, prior to enlistment, Pte Draper embarked on HMAT Karoola (A64) on 15 June 1915. He was killed in action on the Gallipoli peninsula on 6 August 1915..." - SOURCE (

Percy Smedley DRAPER was born on 11th December, 1881 at Clifton near Wollongong NSW

His parents were Frederick William DRAPER and Mary Jane HINCKS

He married Ellen LAYDEN in 1910 and had 3 children.

He had previous service with the 4th Regiment for 1 year and 4 years with St George ER Regiment and was also a Lieutenant in the Cadets

Percy enlisted on 27th January 1915 with the Australian Army - he was in the 4th Battalion, 6th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Karoola on 16th June 1915

He saw service in Egypt & Gallipoli and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal

He was Killed In Action on 6th August 1915 - No known grave - he is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, The Australian War Memorial. The Illawarra Roll of Honour and the Coalcliff-Scarborough-Clifton Roll of Honour which is located at Scarborough Public School

Excellent Bio from "Illawarra Remembers" - LINK (



ROLL OF HONOUR - DRAPER - Killed on August 6th 1915 (previously reported missing) at Gallipoli. Lance Corporal Percy S Draper aged 38, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. FW Draper, Clifton, leaving a wife and three children; brother of Mrs. E Oswald and nephew of Mrs. A Millington- North Lambton and Mrs. Fred de Flon, Hamilton. He answered his countrys call.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - 11th September 1915

Corporal P S DRAPER

Corporal Percy Smedley Draper of Clifton who left with the 6th reinforcements of the 4th Battalion has been missing since between August 6 and 9. Corporal Draper is the eldest son of Mr. F Draper of Clifton where he was born 38 years ago. He always took an interest in matters military and was Lieutenant in the Cadets. He was Secretary of the local School of Arts and a lay reader in the Anglican Church and a teacher in the Sunday School. Corporal Draper is a married man with three young children.