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Herbert Day

2nd Lieutenant Herbert DAY
8th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Date of birth: 14 November 1881
Date of death: 10 July 1916

Died in action aged 34
Buried at Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle Plot no 111 B 31

Herbert was born at his maternal grandmother’s house in Leinster Square, Paddington, son of the Revd Benjamin Day - in 1913 Rector of St Peter’s Church in Sandwich, Kent - and his wife Maria Sophia.

Herbert was educated at Westminster and came up to Christ Church as an Exhibitioner in 1900, taking his BA in 1905. It appears he was an assistant master at Wellesley House Preparatory School in Broadstairs in 1911.

Herbert had been a Lance Sergeant, 7th (Service) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 11th (Service) Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 112th Brigade, 37th Division during March 1915. He went to serve in France on Wednesday 31 May 1916, and had served on the Western Front only for a few weeks, prior to his death.

To take part in the ‘Battle of the Somme 1916’, the 8th (Service) Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment moved from Léalvillers to Forceville on Saturday 1 July 1916, the first day of the battle. The following day they went to Aveluy Wood to the north west of Aveluy, and took up reserve positions at Crucifix Corner. Working parties from the battalion went to the front line at Leipzig Salient.

The battalion moved to the front line on 7 July, and at midnight on 8 July, Herbert’s battalion were about a mile from the town of Albert, near the Albert-Pozières road. The next day the battalion moved into the line to the south of Ovillers, from where the following day it attacked an enemy trench which was located to the rear of the village. Unfortunately the battalion was subjected to a number of counter attacks by the Germans, several of which were partially successful, but at a cost in casualties to both sides.

As the result of the enemy counter attacks the 8th (Service) Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment made little progress, and suffered at least 247 casualties. In addition to the loss of Herbert, 74 other ranks in the battalion also lost their lives on Monday 10 July 1916, of which almost all were either natives or residents of the county of Lancashire.

At the time of his death he was living at Wellesley House, Broadstairs, Kent.
His Estate amounted to £1061 15s 8d, administration granted to his father.

Herbert is commemorated on the War Memorial in Sandwich together with his brother, Maurice, who died on 9 May 1915, aged 23.

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