Ernest Albert Draper

Name

Ernest Albert Draper

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

23/08/1918
35

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
39546
Essex Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY
II.A.4
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Aston War Memorial
St. Mary’s Church Roll of Honour, Aston
Broxbourne Town Memorial
St Augustine’s Church Memorial, Broxbourne

Pre War

Ernest was the husband of Louisa Draper (nee Leggett) whom he married in 1910. The couple lived with Louisa’s parents at Admirals Walk, Hoddesdon, and Ernest worked as a Coachman in the local livery stables. At the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted at Broxboune and his trade led him into service with the Army Service Corps. He was later transferred into the Essex Regiment and served on the Western Front.

Wartime Service

On the 23rd August 1918 the Battalion were positioned in Halifax Trench near the village of Fonquevillers, in the Somme sector. At 3.50am they moved to forward positions near Achiet Le Petit in readiness for an assault on German trenches near the village. As the attack got under way they were met with very heavy enemy artillery, machine gun and rifle fire. This soon held up the assault and support was requested from British Tanks. Only one Tank was available and this was used to quell some of the enemy fire, which it managed to successfully achieve. However, the Battalion had suffered considerable casualties with 4 Officers and 86 Other Ranks either Killed or Missing. Edward is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson