The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Martin William
- Regimental #:
- 'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Jarrahdale, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Horace William Day
- Mothers's Name:
- Amelia Day
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Wood Cutter
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 21.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- South-West Bukit Timah
- Date of Death:
Martin Day was the eldest of five (5) sons born at Jarrahdale to Horace William and Amelia Day.
DAY FAMILY CONNECTION
Pte. Donald Alexander DAY WX 7240
and Pte. Martin William DAY WX17391
Martin William Day’s father Horace William Day born 1900 died 1974 (married to Amelia Lewis 1920) was second son of a family of thirteen (13) children born to William Frederick Day 1867-1953 (married 1898 to Virtue Eacott).
Donald Alexander Day born 1913 was ninth (9th) of those thirteen (13) children born to William Frederick Day and Virtue Eacott.
Martin Day is nephew to Don Day, the latter being 7 years older.
Martin Day enlisted 27 Oct 1941, joining ‘E’ Company.
Within 4 months of enlisting Martin was KIA Singapore 11th February 1942 during a Japanese ambush at South West Bukit Timah which killed more than half ‘E’ Company. Please read further.
Aged 21 years Martin lost his life the same day as his uncle Don Day died aged 28 years. Don enlisted 1st August 1940 and was assigned to ‘B’ Company.
Their deaths would have been tragic beyond belief for the Day family.