Other names: John Eli Philip
Locations in this story: Manston, DorsetFrance & FlandersDozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders, BelgiumMuseum Hotel, Farnham, DorsetSt. Lawrence's Church, FarnhamShillingstone, Dorset
Story: 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 (nee Jeans). His father, Eli, died in 1901 shortly followed by his mother, Mary, on 1902. In 1905 John married Ellen (known as Nellie) Courage at Shillingstone, Dorset, on 14th November, 1905. There was one son of the marriage, Jack. C. Day, 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.