Corporal 3/248 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment
The memorial is to the Gallipoli Campaign and those who fell in the campaign and who have no known grave or were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters.
Oliver Draper was born in Easterton near Devizes in 1875. He married Harriet Critcher in 1902 and had three children, Joseph, Kathleen and William.
A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee reveals that Oliver Draper served for a total of 11 years and 1 month, including 2 years 8 months in the South African War and 1 year in the Great War. He was decorated with two South Africa medals.
He was called up and re-enlisted at Winchester on 22 August 1914, with his old regiment, the 3rd Wiltshire Regiment. He lived in Ash Street, and was 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 169 lbs, and had green eyes and light brown hair.
Oliver’s medals card records that he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, qualifying date 20 June 1915.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Oliver Draper’s wife Harriet lived at 5 Crooks Cottages, Ash Street. She was now Mrs Betteridge.
Private 7999 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Arthur Stocker was born in Alton in 1889, the son of Edward and Emily Jane Stocker.
The census records that Arthur was a private in the Hampshire Regiment by 1911. A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee states that Arthur Stocker served for 7 years and 4 months and that he died of wounds. Soldiers Died records that he enlisted at Winchester and died at sea. The Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects records that Arthur died of “wounds at sea on the Hospital Ship Southland”. Arthur’s medals card records that went to the Balkans 25 April 1915, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Arthur Stocker was the son of Mrs E. Stacey (formerly Stocker) of Wincoll Villas, Ash Green.