Other names: Eustace Arthur
Locations in this story: Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersChristchurch, HampshireWoolwich, LondonBromley, KentBournemouth, Hampshire
Story: Eustace Arthur Day was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 31st May 1898, the son of Samuel James Day and Sarah Jane Day (née Holmes). He spent his early life with his family at 14 Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury. He enlisted on 29th May 1916 and was mobilized on 17th July 1916, joining the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 18975). He served in France and Flanders with the 3rd Battalion from 2 Sep 1917. He was later with the 6th Battalion when reported wounded and missing on 21st March 1918. It was confirmed later that he had been taken prisoner of war. He was released and rejoined his Regiment on 25th August 1918 at the UK Depot. He underwent an medical inquiry and was declared no longer physically fit for service and discharged on 4 Feb 1919 with an 80% pension due to a gunshot wound in the left leg and awarded the Silver War Badge No. B111793. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals. The 1921 Census shows he was boarding at 54 Washington Avenue, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as a Compositor for W W Ascott Victory Press. That same year he married Ruby Ellen Norris in Christchurch, Hampshire. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 118 Wood Hall Road, Woolwich, Kent, and was described as a Certified Accountant and Company Secretary as well as being an Air Raid Warden. He died in Bromley, Kent, on 20th July 1974.