Day, Frank

Frank 

Day

1877 - 1918
Rank Regimental Sergeant Major
Service no.15556
Regiment Leicestershire Regiment 7th Battalion
DiedMay 28, 1918

About

About
Frank
Day

Frank was born in 1877 in Warwickshire, his parents, William Day who was a labourer and Edith Higgs were married in Birmingham on 22nd December 1872, they went on to have eight children. Originally, they were living in Kingsley in Warwickshire before moving to Leicestershire. In 1881 their address was Hat Cottages in Lubbesthorpe but later the family moved to Burgess Road in Aylestone.

On the 23rd May 1904 Frank married Edith Ellen Fear, at the time they were living in Hawkesbury Road. Edith gave birth to a daughter later that year, Lilly but sadly the baby didn’t survive.

The 1911 census shows the couple were living at 18 Clifton Road and that they had three children. Edith who was born in 1906, Arthur born in 1907 and Frank born in 1909. Frank was working as a Rubber Hand of Cycle Tyres. It’s likely he worked for W & A Bates Limited at St Mary’s Mills, off the Narborough Road, as that was only Cycle Tyre Manufacturer in Leicester at that time. The couple were to have two more children, Hilda born 1912 who died soon after and William born in 1914.

Frank listed as wounded on the War Office Casualty List on 8/11/1916. He was killed in Action on 28/5/1918 at the Battle of the Aisne and is buried at Hermonville Military Cemetery in France. The cemetery originally included 407 French and 99 German graves, but these were removed. The British graves are mainly of those that fell in May and June 1918 and were reburied there after the Armistice.

From 23/12/1918 Edith was awarded a pension of 41/3 a week for her and her four surviving children. She remarried in 1921 and was still living at 18 Clifton Road in 1939, her second husband, John H Dean was a Crane Driver, Frank’s youngest son, Willian was still living her and was working as a Tram & Bus Conductor.

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