Family story contributed by Brian Day
Herbert Day was born on 11 June 1887, to Alfred John Day and Alice Louisa Day (nee Gaunt), in Nunhead (now in the London Borough of Southwark).
In 1911, aged 23 and single, his was a Private in 1st Battalion, the Welch Regiment, based at the Main Barracks, Allessia, Cairo, Egypt. The Regiment were in Alexandria, Egypt, between December 1909 and February 1912. His First World War Medal Roll Index Card states he was a Private in 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, with the service number 9561; then, with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (number 34212), before going back to the Welsh Regiment (number 68919). His entry into war was 13 Aug 1914, indicating he was a regular. He was transferred 11 Aug 1915, but it does not state where. He received the 1914 Star, Victory and British medals.
He married Beatrice Hayes on 5 Jun 1920, in Croydon, and was listed as working as a Labourer. They lived at 123 Burlington Road, Thornton Heath, the same given for his wife. By 1939, the couple were living at 123 Burlington Road, Croydon, with Herbert working as a carpenter.
He died in 1954, aged 67.