Born: 1877, Ipswich.
Died: 13th November 1914; age 33; accidentally killed by a passing train on the North Eastern Railway line, near Stocksfield Station, Bywell, Northumberland. Large wound on the right side of the head, and his skull was fractured.
Residence: 16, Compton Street, King’s Cross, Middlesex.
Occupation: a Cellarman.
Enlistment Details: Location: Shoreditch, Middlesex; Date: 12th October 1914; Occupation: Doctor’s Assistant; age 33 years. Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: Robert & Emily Day, 13, Riverside Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 5 ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair.
Discharged: 3rd November 1914 – served 23 days.
Second Enlistment for General Service: London: date: 4th November 1914.
Joined Newcastle Barracks – 5th November 1914.
Rank: Driver; Service Number: 44586.
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, No. 1 Depot.
In North East part.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Emily Day, of 18, Riverside Road, Ipswich.
1881 46, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
Charles was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Robert Day, 29, a Carpenter – House, born Claydon, Suffolk.
Emily Day (nee Harvey), 35, born Claydon.
Mabel Day, 8, born Claydon.
Frank William Day, 2, born Ipswich.
1891 46, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
Charles was 14 years old, a Pawnbrokers Assistant.
Robert, 40, a Carpenter.
Mabel, 18, a Pupil Teacher – School.
1901 George & Dragon, 151, Cleveland Street, Marylebone, Middlesex.
Charles was 21 years old, he was 1 of 4 Barmen for Publican, Alfred Halliwell.
1911 Devonshire Castle, 320, Harrow Road, Paddington, Middlesex.
Charles was 31 years old, he was 1 of 5 Barmen for Licensed Victualler, Samuel Cohen.
No Soldiers’ Effects – Insufficient Service.
Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.
Dundee Evening Telegraph – 16th November 1914
FOUND DEAD ON THE LINE
RECRUIT’S SAD DEATH
The sad death of a recruit, far away from home and friends, was disclosed at an inquest conducted by Mr. P.M. Dodds in the Institue, Stockfield.
Constable Watson, of Stockfield, said that about 7:45 on Saturday morning he received information that a man was lying dead on the line about a quarter of a mile west of Stockfield Station. He went there and found deceased with a large wound on the right side of the head, and his skell was fractured.
On the body he found a certified copy of attestation bearing the name Charles Robert Day, 16, Compton Street, King’s Cross. It also stated that he was 33 years of age, a cellarman belonging to Ipswich, and unmarried. He had enlisted for general service.
The Coroner said the paper also conveyed the intelligence that he joined the Service on November 4th, and that he left London on the following day to join the depot at Newcastle. It seemed from the information obtained that the man had actually been at the Newcastle Barracks.
Other evidence showed showed that deceased was seen on the road near Stockfield Station on Thursday afternoon.
The jury returned a verdict that deceased had been accidentally killed by a passing train, but that there was no evidence to show how he got on the line.