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He was born about 1885 and was the son of Harriett Day (nee Thornley). It seems from the census record that Charles was born before his mother's marriage. In 1891 when Charles was six years old he was living in the household of his widowed grandmother, Jemima Thornley, at 35 Brown Croft, Basford, with Jemima's daughter (presumably Charles' mother), Harriet Thornley (40) and her son, Charles Thornley (33), a joiner. He was still at the same address at the time of the 1901 census but his mother, Harriet Day (49), a lace hand, was head of household. Also in the house was his uncle, Charles Thornley (33). In 1911 Charles and his uncle were living at 37 Bold Street, Southport, Lancashire, with Charles' older sister, Elizabeth Thornley (64) who was described as running a boarding house. There were two visitors in the house, Harriet Day (37) and Florence Day (31), the unmarried daughters of George G Day, a retired baker of David Lane, Basford. He married Jane (Jennie) Elizabeth Buxton, the daughter of William and Mary Buxton of Kimberley, in Nottingham in 1915. They had one child, Charles. They were living in Hyson Green at the time Charles enlisted.
He was an apprentice joiner in 1901 but in 1911 was a 'wood perambulator body maker' working in Stockport.
15 Dec 1917
747009 - CWGC Website
12th Bn South Wales Borderers
Private Charles Percival Day, served with the 12th Battalion South Wales Borderers, he was killed in action on 15th December 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. There is clearly some doubt about the exact date of his death. The register of the disposal of his personal effects gives the range from 25th November to 15th December 1917.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 2 March 1918: 'Day. Private Charles Percival Day, husband of Jennie Day, reported missing 22nd/25th [December] now reported buried December 15th 1917. Wife and baby and Mr and Mrs W Buxton and family (Kimberley). Private CP Day of Old Basford.'
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