The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Day
First Name:
Martin William
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17391
Company:
'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon.
Enlisted:
27.10.1941
DOB:
18.08.1920
Place of Birth:
Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Horace William Day
Mothers's Name:
Amelia Day
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Wood Cutter
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 21.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

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 Martin had been KIA Singapore 11th February 1942, aged 21 years, the same day as his uncle Don Day died aged 28 years.   Don enlisted 1st August 1940 and assigned to ‘B’ Company.  

Their deaths would have been tragic beyond belief for the Day family. 

Day, Martin

 

Martin’s name is inscribed on War Memorial Byford, along with that of his uncle Donald Alexander Day.

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