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Arthur was born in 1876 in Newark and was the son of the late John Day an iron moulder and Rachel Day née Marson of 7 Mount Pleasant, Mill Gate, Newark. His father John was born in 1846 in Mansfield, his mother Rachel Marson was born in 1852 in Otteringham, Yorkshire. They were married in 1873 in the Southwell Registration District and had 6 children, sadly however two of these children were to die in infancy or childhood prior to 1911, their surviving children were :- Robert William b1874 Newark, Arthur b1876 Newark, John Thomas b1878 Mansfield and Leonard b1889 Newark. However in 1905 their son Robert William died in Newark aged 31 yrs. In 1906 John Day died aged 62 yrs in Nottingham, and in 1910 their son Leonard was also to die in Newark aged 22 yrs. In the 1911 census what was left of the family were living at 7 Mount Pleasant, Mill Gate Newark, and are shown as :- Rachel Day 59 yrs a widow, she is living with her two sons Arthur 35 yrs a labourer in a plaster pit and John Thomas 33 years a grounds man at a golf course. Both brothers Arthur and John Thomas enlisted during the Great War however both were to die Arthur died on 13th February 1916 and John Thomas died 21st February 1917. Their mother Rachel died in 1925 in Newark aged 73 yrs.
Labourer at a plaster pit.
13 Feb 1916
2750142 - CWGC Website
3rd Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Private Arthur Day was resident in Newark when he enlisted in Chesterfield. He served with the 3rd battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He landed in France on 19th May 1915. Whilst on home leave he went missing for a week from his home, he was found drowned in the River Trent on 13th February 1916. He is buried in Newark Cemetery.
Article published in the Newark Advertiser 16th February 1916 :- Served in the South African war, where he was wounded in the head. Also wounded in the Great war. Body was recovered from the River Trent after being missing for a week. Stationed at Partington camp, near Hull. He was at Newark on leave from Feb. 2nd. Last seen alive on Saturday Feb. 5th at home having dinner. Coroner’s jury returned a verdict of “”Found drowned”” as there was no evidence to show how he got into the water.
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  • Buried in Newark Town Cemetery Photo Murray Biddle
    Arthur Day - Buried in Newark Town Cemetery Photo Murray Biddle