Appropriately, John Draper worked as a draper - in his father's wholesale business in Manchester. When the 1901 Census was taken the family was living at 226 Stockport Road, Levenshulme. John, senior, is recorded as being a wholesale drapery salesman. This provided the family with a comfortable living, including the employment of a live-in domestic servant - 20 year old Florence Doody. John was then aged 5 and had a younger sister, Mary, then 2. Another sister, Dorothy, was born later.
John was educated at Manchester Grammar School (and is commemorated on the School's Roll of Honour). By the time of the Great War, the family had moved to 42 Davenport Crescent, a very fashionable part of Stockport. In his spare time, he was Assistant Scoutmaster of the Davenport troop.
When War was declared in August 1914, John was quick to volunteer, enlisting on 1 September. Within a few days he was aboard a ship bound for Egypt and the Sudan, where he spent the next seven months undergoing his army training "on the job". Some details of this time can be found here. On 3 May 1915, the Battalion left to go into action at Gallipoli, landing on the 7th. Less than a month later, John was dead - he had been killed in this attack. He was posted as missing but his body was never recovered and identified.