John Day


About John

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
    Epping, Essex
  • Resided town
    Canning Town, London
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Carpet Layer

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Kings Own Lancashire Regiment


John William Day was born around 1869 in Epping, Essex. He married Mary Ann Curtis on 13 August 1898 in Edmonton, Essex. They had seven children and in 1911 they were living at 5 Harrowgate Road, South Hackney with Maria (11), Bertha (10), Arthur George (8) and Norman Edward (11 months). The census lists four of their seven children as still living. John William was a carpet layer prior to the war.

John enlisted on 10 September 1914 (aged 43) into the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He served in France from 4 September 1915 to 26 October 1915, and in Egypt from 27 October 1915 to 25 February 1918. He was admitted to a military hospital in Malta in March 1917 suffering from malaria.

John was serving as a 1st air mechanic based at Tadcaster Aerodrome when he passed through Peterborough East Station on 6 December 1916 and wrote in the visitors’ book “Many Thanks for kind hospitality given┬áto us during our short stay”.

He joined the RAF Cadet Brigade on 19 September 1918 and transferred to the RAF Reserve on 24 February 1919. He was discharged on 30 April 1920.

John received the 1914/15 Star and the British War and Allied Victory Medals. He was also awarded the RFC Meritorious Service Medal in November 1919.

During his time in service his wife, May Ann Day and family were living at 69 Heyday Road, Canning Town.

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