Day, William

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Age: c.24
Date of birth: c.1893

Parents: William and Jane Day
Address: Shottery, Stratford upon Avon

Occupation: Farm labourer

William Day was born in Stow on the Wold in 1893 to William and Jane Day. At the time of the 1901 census he and his parents were living in a terrace off Back Walls, Stow, along with Julia Lock (15) recorded as William Snr’s step daughter and Albert Edward Lock (9 months) recorded as William Snr’s grandson.

By 1911, William and Jane had moved to Shottery, in Stratford upon Avon and had had a second son, Albert, then aged 10. William Snr was working as a cowman on the farm and William Jnr as a general farm labourer. Also in the household on census night were Julia Lock and her four daughters: Annie (5), Maud (4), Kate (2) and Emily (1). The recorder has noted that Julia was single and that she was an out of work housemaid.

[The 1901 census records William as 8 years old and the 1911 census records him as 16, so there is some uncertainty about his date of birth]

Military Service

Rank & Number: Private, 22781
Regiment/Service: 2nd/5th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 182nd Brigade, 61st Division
Date of death: Thursday, September 06, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church


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