Corporal William Henry Draper

Corporal William Henry Draper, Serial No. 163093, was born in London, England on April 24, 1892. His date of emmigration to Canada and his family background are unknown at this time.

Before enlisting in the CEF, Corporal Draper was employed as a teamster in Toronto, Ontario. He enlisted in the CEF in Toronto on July 29, 1915 with the 84th Battalion. After training in Canada, Corporal Draper sailed for England from Halifax on the 18th of June, 1916 on the S.S. Empress of Britain. He arrived in England on June 28, 1916.

Corporal Draper was assigned to the 4th Division, 11th Brigade, 75th Battalion on November 15th, 1916 and was sent overseas from England to join them in their present theatre of operations.

He was promoted to Corporal on March 17th, 1917.

On the 9th of April, 1917 Corporal Draper was severely wounded at the Battle of Vimy Ridge by machine gun fire and shrapnel. He was evacuated to 18th CCS on April 14th, 1917 and from there to the #2 Canadian Station Hospital in Boulogne, France on the 18th of April, 1917. From there he was invalided to England.

After spending eight months in various hospitals in England, Corporal Draper was invalided to Canada on December 16th, 1917, on the H.M.H.S. Braemer Castle. On the 18th of January, 1918 he was taken on strength of the 1st Central Ontario Regiment in Toronto, Ontario and assigned to the Whitby Military Hospital.

Corporal Draper saw action in Belgium and France. He was the recipient of the War Badges A for honourable service and B for being wounded in action. He was also the recipient of the British War Medal 1914-1918, and the Victory Medal 1914-1918. He was honourably discharged on the 6th of March, 1918.

Corporal Draper passed away at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital on the 28th of July, 1973. This account was submitted by his son Corporal V.M. Draper (Ret.) C.D. SSM.
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