T (but believed to be James Day) DAY
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 265669
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 29 October 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

The name T Day is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial as serving with the Cheshire Regiment. However, it has not been possible to find anyone with this initial listed by either the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; the National Archives on-line medal entitlement records; or the Regimental Roll of Honour. It is possible that T Day did not serve abroad or is one of the several hundred men by the name of Day, commemorated by the Commission, and who does not show an obvious connection with the Stockport area.

However, it is thought that the inscription is in error and the man is probably James Day who, as the above information shows, served with the Cheshires and, as follows, has a clear connection with the town.

James Day was born in the parish of St Matthew's C of E Church, Grenville Street and, at the time of the Great War, is thought to have lived with his mother and sister, Margaret, at 122 Higher Brinksway. His service number suggests that he enlisted early in 1915 and probably went overseas a few months later, after training.

After a few days at a rest camp, the Battalion went back into the front line at Gheluvelt, to the south east of Ypres (now Ieper). His officer later wrote to Mrs Day "On Sunday night, October 28, he was struck in the leg by a shell. The stretcher bearers carried him to the Aid Post and on the way down he seemed to be in the best of spirits. He did not seem to feel any pain, but sat up and joked with the bearers "Now I'm right for Blighty", he said, and so we all thought. Shortly afterwards, he relapsed into unconsciousness and so peacefully quietly he returned to his Maker. The whole platoon were saddened to hear of his death because he was particularly well liked by all. As his officer, I was particularly sorry because he was a very capable non-commissioned officer. He always worked quietly and thoroughly so I regarded him as a right hand man."

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