Arthur was the son of Sally Day and had three sisters Caroline, Ellen and Alice, in 1901 they lived at 14 Ford, Queensbury. The 1911 census records that the two eldest children Caroline and Ellen had left the family home which was now 8 Alfred Street, Halifax, Arthur was then aged 14 and in occupation as a spinner (worsted).
Killed in action on 3rd May 1917 whilst serving in the 2nd/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) Arthur has no known grave and is commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL (Bay 6).
The Halifax Courier dated 19th May 1917 shows a picture of Arthur alongside a write up details of which are as follows:
“News has reached Mrs. Day, of 22, Priestley Hill, Ambler Thorn, that her son Pte. A. Day, West Riding Regiment, was killed in action on May 3. Lieutenant Longbottom writes giving sympathy on behalf of the officers, and the rest of the regiment. This has come as a serious blow to the sorrowing mother and sisters. Pte. Day was a bright and cheerful young fellow, and won admiration because of his straightforward manners.”
‘Previous to joining the army he was employed by Mr Greenwood Howarth, wholesale grocer. He would have been 21 on May 12th, had he been spared. He went out to France at the beginning of January.”
Serving in the same battalion and killed in action 3rd May 1917:
Willie DRAKE, Joe GREENWOOD.