Day, Robert Hollis

Dates:

War Service:
Lance Corporal 9792 ROBERT HOLLIS DAY of 1st battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) was killed in action on 25 August 1914.

On 13 September 1911 at the recruiting office in New Cross Road he enlisted in the special reserve of the Rifle Brigade. He was 17 years and 10 months old and employed as a grocer’s porter. After four months he signed up as a regular and was posted to the 1st battalion of the Royal West Kents, joining them in Dublin in January 1912. On 13 August 1914 the battalion sailed from Dublin on the ss Gloucestershire, disembarking in Le Havre at about 2pm on 15 August 1914. The battalion first went into action at about 11am on the morning of 23 August near St Ghislain on the Mons-Condé canal.

He is buried in Hautrage Military Cemetery near Mons.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the roll of honour of St Mark’s church, Clarendon Rise The church tower was destroyed during WW2 and the rest of the building demolished in 1980 and the roll is now displayed in St Stephen’s church.

Details:
He was 19 years old, the son of John Alfred and Henrietta Day, of 1, Fuller Place, High St., Lewisham.

Source:

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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