Second Lieutenant Mark Denman Draper, R.F.C.

One of the Drapers not mentioned on the Wright family tree my brother has been putting together (see Joining the dots on The Peerage: Drapers and Wrights), is Mark Denman Draper. He is the son of the Rev. Willim H Draper and Emilie Augusta Wright. I found the following announcement of his death in Flight magazine archive, February 15, 1917:

MARK DENMAN DRAPER, R.F.C., killed while flying on February 7th, aged 32, was the eldest son of the Rev. William Henry Draper, rector of Adel, near Leeds, and grandson of the late Justice Denman. He was educated at Repton School, and took up the dramatic profession, in which he had begun to make his way. In 1915 he joined theAartists Rifles, and only recently obtained a commission in the R.F.C. His brother, Captain R. F. Draper, York and Lancaster Regiment, was killed at Suvla Bay in August, 1915.

8 thoughts on “Second Lieutenant Mark Denman Draper, R.F.C.

  1. Living near Alfreton, Derbyshire we came across the graves of Mark Denman DRAPER and his mother Charlotte Edith DRAPER (nee DENMAN). My husband’s interest in Military History led me to further research and I have found the life of Rev William Henry DRAPER very moving.

    A photograph of his second wedding to Emilie Augusta Fitzherbert WRIGHT is held at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock, Derbyshire and other WRIGHT family photographs are also there.

    The DRAPER family lived in Shrewsbury and later Adel, Yorkshire where Emilie is buried.

    I have photographs of the graves if they might be of interest.

    Rev. William Henry DRAPER was later Master of Temple Church, London.

    1. Barbara … many thanks for the comment. Interestingly, Robert Armstrong the former Secretary of the Cabinet is a descendent of Rev. William Henry DRAPER. Would be interesting to see the photographs of the family if I get up to Derbyshire, but don’t worry about one of graves. I’ve sadly seen one too many in the last year. Best and cheers Justin

  2. Hello, my name is Charles Moubray and am a member of staff at Lockers Park School, a preparatory school in Hemel Hempstead. I am carrying out research on our war memorial of old boys and staff who died in WW1. Just so that you are aware, Mark was a boy here but neither of his brothers were. If you do have any photographs of Mark, I would be grateful since the one on Google Images I strongly question – to me he looks too young to be 31 when he joined the Artists’ Rifles. Sadly, we appear not to have any photos left prior to 1903 and I am sure that he would have been here from 1893-8. Any further info, please do email. Yours, Charles

  3. Hello, i found your blog while searching for information about Mark Denman Draper – the real name of Edwardian actor Marcus Draper.

    It is stated that Mark never married, which is incorrect as he married actress and co-star Gladys Purnell in Scotland, 1910.

    Unfortunately i have not been able to find out what happened to Gladys, who she was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1888 as Gladys Irene Purnell.

    Someone online has suggested a death date of 1975, but i have not been able to confirm this.
    I have managed to contact the person in Canada who published this date, but he was unable to remember where he found this information or provide the source.

    However, i do hope someday to track down the elusive Mrs. Draper and find out what became of her !

    1. I have details but need to go through notes from quite a while ago. The couple actually divorced and Gladys re-married. She attended his funeral in Alfreton (I did have a newspaper cutting) he is buried at Alfreton where my research began.

      Barbara G.

  4. Hello Barbara,

    I did not know that Gladys had remarried, although i thought it probable due to her age after her husband’s death in 1917 (i did not know of the divorce either).

    This confirms (i think..?) that some information i had found about a woman i thought could be Gladys is correct.

    Although i do not have the place or date it looks likely that Gladys married Frederico (Frederick) Benjamin Stoolman (born 7 July 1886 in Pernambuco, Brazil – died 19 August 1965 in Malaga, Spain).

    I have found them together on a passenger list for the ship Avila Star in October 1931, where she lists her place of birth as Cardiff and her age as 42.

    Gladys Irene Stoolman, a widow, died on 16 March 1975 in Farnham Commom, Buckinghamshire, England (her date of birth is recorded as 15 June 1888).

    Please leave a reply – hopefully Gladys has now been found !

    Mark D.

  5. Don’t know if I can add my email but I have information to support your finding if you would like me to forward it. b——.grayson(at)

  6. There is a copy of the accident report that can be downloaded. his brother was also KIA. Mark is buried under a CWGC headstone in the church at Alfreton

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