Farnham War Memorial

John Eli Philip Day

Surname: Day
Other names: John Eli Philip
Other people in this story:
Eli Day
Mary Churchill Day née Jeans
Ellen (Nellie) Day née Courage
Locations in this story:
Manston, Dorset
France & Flanders
Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders, Belgium
Museum Hotel, Farnham, Dorset
St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham
Shillingstone, Dorset

John Eli Phillip Day was born on 24th May, 1881, in Manston, Dorset and baptised there on 19th June, 1881. He was the son of inn keeper Eli Day, who ran the Museum Hotel, Farnham, Dorset, and Mary Churchill Day (née Jeans). His father, Eli, died in 1901 shortly followed by his mother, Mary, on 1902. On 14th November 1905 John married Ellen (known as Nellie) Courage at Shillingstone, Dorset. There was one son of the marriage, born in 1912. At the time of the 1911 Census, John was, like his father beforehand, running the Museum Hotel, Farnham, Dorset.

He enlisted at Farnham and joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 27178) and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died of wounds on 13th November 1917 and was buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. XIII.F.1). He is remembered on the Farnham War Memorial in St. Lawrence's Church.    

  • St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives