The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Donald Alexander
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'B' Company, No. 8 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Jarrahdale, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- William Frederick Day
- Mothers's Name:
- Vertue Day
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Shop Assistant
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 28.
- Cause of Death:
- Died of Wounds. Wounded whilst withdrawing No. 3 gun back 100 yards to new position on Mandai.
- Place of Death:
- West Mandai Road
- Date of Death:
Wounded whilst withdrawing No. 3 gun back 100 yards to new position on Mandai Road.
Don Day was one of four men from 8th Platoon to tragically die on 11 February 1942. The others were second-in-charge Sgt Richard Sandilands, Raymond Carruthers and Robert Smith.
Only 22 of 8th Platoon would return home by the end of the war.
Don Day married Hilda Ruby McAlister in 1936.
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, and 6th son born to William Frederick Day and Virtue Eacott.
Don Day attended school at Jarrahdale Primary and later Rockingham. He also attended Mundijong Sunday School.
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. He was working in Gwalia when he travelled to Claremont to enlist.
Their deaths would have been tragic beyond belief for the Day family.