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Benjamin Draper

Portrait of Lance Corporal Benjamin Draper, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 4 / F1692 33. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lance Corporal Benjamin Draper, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 4 / F1692 33. Image is …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Benjamin AWMM
  • Surname
    Draper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1255 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 August 1894 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra SydneyNew South Wales Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Maraekakaho Station, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 J. Draper (father), Porangahau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1255 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Trooper AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6.75" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      148 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
    Posted to unit, Mudros, 4 October 1915.
    Disembarked Alexandria from Gallipoli, 25 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
    Departed Zeitoun for Canal Zone, 23 January 1916.
    Completed 18th Machine Gun Course, Moascar, 25 October 1916: passed as 1st Class Gunner and qualified as Instructor.
    Wounded in action, Canal Zone, 9 January 1917 (gun shot wound, right shoulder); admitted to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 11 January 1917; transferred to 27th General Hospital, Abbassia, 14 January 1917; to Aotea Convalescent Home, Heliopolis, 23 January 1917; discharged to Base, Moascar, 7 February 1917.
    Transferred to Wellington Mounted Rifles Brigade, 12 February 1917.
    Appointed Lance Corporal, in the field, 4 September 1917.
    Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun: 28th Hotchkiss Course: qualified as Gunner, 8 August 1917.
    Wounded in action, 14 November 1917 (gun shot wound, head, ear and hand); admitted to Mounted Field Ambulance, 14 November 1917; transferred to 74th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 November 1917; transferred to 27th General Hospital, Abbassia, from El Arish Rest Camp, 19 November 1917; to Aotea Convalescent Home, Heliopolis, 3 December 1917; discharged to duty, 20 December 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 5 January 1918.
    Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, 27 November 1917.
    Promoted Corporal, 5 January 1918.
    Appointed Temporary Lance Sergeant, 5 April 1918; relinquished temporary appointment, 22 April 1918.
    Detached to Desert Mounted Column Rest Camp, 2 July 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 5 August 1918.
    Promoted Lance Sergeant, 9 September 1918.
    Detached to School of Instruction, Mustapha, 9 August 1918; 6th Physical and Bayonet Training Course: qualified 'Very Fair', 13 September 1918. Rejoined unit from detachment, 13 September 1918.
    Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 21 September 1918; promoted Sergeant, 8 November 1918.
    Detached to Agricultural College, Jaffa, 27 February 1919. Marched into Training Regiment, Ismailia, 29 March 1919.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Suez on board HT 'Ulimaroa', 10 August 1919; discharged, 7 September 1919.
    Total war service: 4 years 205 days (of which 4 years 58 days were abroad)
    Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 198 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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