Sunday, November 02, 2014

39170 Private William Gaius Day, 3rd Norfolk Regt

William G Day is probably William Gaius Day who appears on the 1901 census of England and Wales (but is recorded on it only as William Day) as a twelve year old living at home with his family at South Street, Chailey and working as a shop assistant.  His birth was registered at Lewes, Sussex in the March quarter of 1889. 

In 1901, the family comprised Gaius Day (the head of the family, aged 34 and working as a farm labourer), his wife Ellen Day (also aged 34) and their five children: William,  Alfred Day (aged nine), Arthur Day (aged five), Edith Day (aged three) and Minnie Day (aged ten months).  Gaius had been born in West Hoathley, Sussex but his wife and their children, were all born in Chailey. 

In January 1916, William appears in a special list of attested men in Chailey Parish Magazine.  He does not reappear until November that year when Day, Private W, 3rd Norfolk Regiment is noted.  This information is then repeated up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919.
William’s younger brother Arthur Day also served his King and Country during the First World War

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