New College for Boys

New College for Boys was a short-lived private school at 1182 Denman Street in 1911. It was a successor to Queen’s School.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 974

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 974

New College for Boys was at 1649 Nelson Street in 1909 and 1910, before moving to 1182 Denman Street in 1911. (1649 Nelson Street was later the place where the comedian Jack Benny first met his wife, Sadie Marks, who called herself Mary Livingstone.)

In 1909, the principals of New College School were C.H. Jackson (B.A. New College, Oxford) and G. D’A. Burrow (B.A., Wadham College, Oxford). The matron of the school was Mrs. C.H. Jackson.

One of the students at the school was Hugh Keenleyside (1898-1992), a Canadian university professor, civil servant and diplomat. He wrote briefly about New College in his memoirs:

“The school selected was known as New College, and the faculty consisted of two young Englishmen, both of whom had attended New College, Oxford. They shared a love of history and had strong feelings about the English language and its literature. The headmaster was Roy Sachs, a first-class rugger player, invariably chosen for the Vancouver ‘Reps,’ and a wonderfully inspiring teacher of both games and the academic arts. The other instructor, whom I remember as tall and fastidious and who was named Moilliet, taught languages and mathematics. . . . It was a small but unique school, exciting both on the athletic field and in the library, endowed with an aura of good fellowship, devoted to training in both character and mind. . . . When war broke out in 1914 both teachers enlisted. Roy Sachs was killed almost at once; Moilliet was later incapacitated by wounds. The school, of course, disappeared.”

Hammer the Golden Day, Volume 1 of Memoirs of Hugh L. Keenleyside, Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside; Toronto,  McClelland and Stewart, 1981, pages 76-77.

Even before the war, however, there was another unfortunate disappearance associated with New College School. Charles Rainsford Draper was one of the school’s instructors, and he was planning to buy the school. On April 19, 1910, Charles went to Third Beach in Stanley Park, most likely planning to go swimming in English Bay. Although he was an accomplished swimmer, he apparently drowned. His body was never found.

Aubrey Neville St John Mildmay, an Anglican priest and writer, dedicated a long patriotic song called “Sea-Room” to “C.R. Draper, M.A., of ‘New College,’ Vancouver.”

Sea-room, A Vancouver Empire Song by Aubrey N. St. John Mildmay (1910); https://archive.org/stream/cihm_99090#page/n6/mode/1up

Sea-room, A Vancouver Empire Song by Aubrey N. St. John Mildmay (1910); https://archive.org/stream/cihm_99090#page/n6/mode/1up

Sea-room: A Vancouver Empire Song by Aubrey N. St. John Mildmay (1910); https://archive.org/stream/cihm_99090#page/n8/mode/1up

Sea-room: A Vancouver Empire Song by Aubrey N. St. John Mildmay (1910); https://archive.org/stream/cihm_99090#page/n8/mode/1up

Aside from the dedication, there is nothing obvious in the words of the song to show a connection with Mr. Draper.

Sea-Room - verse 2; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_99090#page/n11/mode/1up

Sea-Room - verse 3; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_99090#page/n14/mode/1up

https://archive.org/stream/cihm_99090#page/n16/mode/1up

Charles Rainsford Draper was born on April 23, 1856, in Culworth, Northampton, England. His father was Thomas Draper (1803-1869), a solicitor who served three terms as the mayor of Banbury.

 

 

Charles Rainsford Draper’s mother was Mary Bryan.

From 1868 to 1875, Charles attended Marlborough College in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Marlborough College Register from 1843 to 1904 Inclusive: With Alphabetical Index; by Marlborough College , Marlborough, England , Marlborough College, Published 1905; page 220; https://archive.org/stream/marlboroughcoll00collgoog#page/n275/mode/1up.

Marlborough College Register from 1843 to 1904 Inclusive: With Alphabetical Index; by Marlborough College , Marlborough, England , Marlborough College, Published 1905; page 220; https://archive.org/stream/marlboroughcoll00collgoog#page/n275/mode/1up.

He studied at Wadham College at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1880, and a Master of Arts degree in 1882.

In late 1886, in Bromley, Kent, Charles married Mary Elizabeth Ilott. She was born on January 14, 1861. Her father was Herbert Ilott (1827-1887), who was a surgeon. Mary’s mother was Hannah Julia Fennell, the second daughter of Rev. John Fenell, of Crosstone, Yorkshire.

By 1886, Charles was a tutor, and he was living at Hartford Cottage in Winchfield, Hampsire.

It appears that he arrived in Canada about 1907. He was an instructor at New Colllege School in Vancouver until he went missing and was presumed drowned in 1910.

Mary and her children stayed in British Columbia. Mary died in Burnaby, British Columbia, on April 6, 1924. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Two other instructors at New College were Roy Sachs and John Moilliet.

Roy Tessier Seaver Sachs was born in London, England, on November 9, 1887. After completing his education, he arrived in Canada about 1907. In September 1914, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in the First World War. He died on June 13, 1916. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.

John Louis (or Lewis) Moilliet was born in Malvern, England, on March 26, 1882. In September 1915, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in the First World War. He was wounded while with the Canadian troops in the attack on Vimy Ridge in 1917. After hospital treatment, he went back into service. He was killed in action on June 28 or 29, 1917. He was buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Sources

 

New College for Boys

Hammer the Golden Day, Volume 1 of Memoirs of Hugh L. Keenleyside, Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside; Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, 1981, pages 76-77.

Growing Up British in British Columbia: Boys in Private School, By Jean Barman; Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1984, page 28.

 

1649 Nelson Street and Jack Benny

1649 Nelson Street was later the home of David Marks, the proprietor of the Canadian Pacific Junk Company. In 1922, a vaudeville comedian named Benny Kubelsky came to Vancouver with the Marx Brothers. He went to a Passover seder at the Marks home, where he met Sadie Marks, the 13-year-old daughter of David Marks. Several years later, in 1927, Benny and Sadie were married in Chicago. Benny became famous as the comedian Jack Benny. Sadie was known as Mary Livingstone.

Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest, by David Spaner; Vancouver, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003, page 21

“Jack, Mary: Love was second fiddle,” Chicago Tribune Feb. 26, 1978, section 5, page 1; http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1978/02/26/page/150/article/jack-mary-love-was-second-fiddle

 

Thomas Draper (father of Charles Rainsford Draper)

“England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J8JK-JWR : accessed 6 November 2015), Thomas Draper, 02 Apr 1869; citing , reference p 95 n 761; FHL microfilm 1,999,286.

 

Charles Rainsford Draper (instructor at New College School for Boys)

Alumni Oxonienses, The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886, volume 1, Abbay-Dyson; University of Oxford.

Parker and Company, 1888, page 386; https://books.google.ca/books?id=lhdJAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA386&lpg=PA386&dq=charles+rainsford+draper&source=bl&ots=7XdcvP_Hla&sig=u35HWh_ovxpIHVau4I7zLGeCEdg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CC0Q6AEwBmoVChMI3pv5vtL4yAIVTTCICh0HEAE6#v=onepage&q=charles%20rainsford%20draper&f=false: “Draper, Charles Rainsford, 6s Thomas, of Culworth, Northants, arm. Wadham Coll., matric. 16 Oct., 1875, aged 19; B.A. 1880, M.A. 1882.”

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J75H-55J : accessed 6 November 2015), Charles Rainsford Draper, 24 Jun 1856; citing Northampton, England, reference p 8 iem 67; FHL microfilm 1,999,286.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VFN1-T1P : accessed 5 November 2015), Charles Rainford Draper in entry for Reginald Victor Awdry, 1871.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DD7-L2J : accessed 5 November 2015), Charles Rainsford Draper, 1886; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Bromley, Kent, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:47B7-42M : accessed 5 November 2015), Charles Rainsford Draper, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Hampshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HPM-JTV : accessed 5 November 2015), Charles R Draper, Dec 1907; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-508, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Teacher Disappears. Headmaster of Boys’ College Feared To Have Been Drowned.” Winnipeg Tribune, Wednesday, April 20, 1910, page 1: “Vancouver B. C., April 20. C. R. Draper, Headmaster of the New Boys’ College, at 1649 Nelson street, disappeared from the Institution early yesterday morning, and It Is now feared that he has perished by drowning in English Bay, off Third Beach. A bundle of clothes found there about noon yesterday, served to finally solve the riddle of his absence and the case was reported to the police this morning, after other members of the college had searched for him in vain. Although he was known as a splendid swimmer, his friends have concluded that he must have been seized with a cramp while taking an early plunge, going down to his death beyond sight or sound of help.”

Provincial Happenings, Victoria Daily Colonist, April 24, 1910, page 11; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19100424uvic/19100424#page/n10/mode/1up: “C.R. Draper, headmasgter of the New College, a boys’ private school of Vancouver, is missing, and it is feared has met death by drowning in the Inlet.”

Provincial Happenings, Victoria Daily Colonist, June 7, 1910, page 11; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19100607uvic/19100607#page/n10/mode/1up: “Mr. Justice Murphy has demanded additional and more conclusive proofs of death in the case of a probate application on the will of C.R. Draper, supposed to have been drowned at English Bay on April 19, last. ‘It would be a simple matter for a man to leave his clothes on the beach and get away if he desired to,’ said his lordship.”

British Columbia probate files; Vancouver Supreme Court probate/estate files; GR-1415; microfilm: B02549; Draper, Charles Rainsford; probate file number: P – 01596; first page of estate file: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-897Z-62VY?i=990&owc=collection%2F2014768%2Fwaypoints&wc=M69N-GM9%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C332668401&cc=2014768; last page of estate file: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G97Z-62CF?i=1019&owc=collection%2F2014768%2Fwaypoints&wc=M69N-GM9%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C332668401&cc=2014768

 

Selected relatives of Charles Rainsford Draper

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-1HQZ : accessed 10 November 2015), Mary Elizabeth Draper, 1911; citing Census, New Westminster Sub-Districts 1-20, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,660.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKV-1B4 : accessed 10 November 2015), Mary Elizabeth Draper, 1924.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD88-N46 : accessed 10 November 2015), Charles Rainsford Draper in household of Geoffrey Percival Draper and Olive Ste Barbe Chaffey, 08 Mar 1924; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13747, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,317.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBL-TDG : accessed 5 November 2015), Charles Rainsford Draper in entry for Geoffrey Percival Draper, 1974.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ8-9FH : accessed 10 November 2015), Lionel Charles Darbyshire and Dorothy Gertrude Draper, 04 Jun 1913; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11370, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,527.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG9-JRS : accessed 10 November 2015), Thomas Cartwright Draper, 1921.

 

Roy Tessier Seaver Sachs

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XRM-DKF : accessed 10 November 2015), Roy Tessier S Sachs, 1887; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Fulham, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9DZ-YLR : accessed 10 November 2015), Roy Tessier Seaver Sachs, Christchurch Newgate Street, London, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Allhallows Barking subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXXR-H29 : accessed 10 November 2015), Roy Tessico Seav. Sachs, 10 Aug 1907; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Sachs, Roy Tessier S; Rank: LT; Regimental Number: 29601; Date of Birth: 09/11/1887; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8607 – 5; Item Number: 211126; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=211126.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVVC-8GF6 : accessed 10 November 2015), Lieutenant Roy Tessier Seaver Sachs, 1916; Burial, Poperinge, , West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery; citing record ID 12071977, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

 

John Louis (or Lewis) Moilliet

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XKQ-76M : accessed 10 November 2015), John Lewis Moilliet, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Marylebone, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

Private John Louis Moilliet (129546); http://www.malvernremembers.org.uk/ww1-profiles/john-louis-moilliet.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, In memory of Private John Moilliet; June 28, 1917; http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/60082

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