Born: 1873, Dalham, Suffolk.
Died: 1st November 1900; age: 27; Died of Disease at Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.
Residence: The Alley, Dalham Suffolk.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 2951.
Regiment: Mounted Infantry, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.
1881 1, The Alley, Dalham, Suffolk.
William was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Nathan Day, 44, an Agricultural Labourer, born Lidgate, Suffolk.
Jane Day (nee Coppin), 44, born Depden, Suffolk.
James Day, 22, a Bricklayer, born Lidgate.
Harriet Day, 18, born Lidgate.
David Day, 14, an Agricultural Labourer, born Lidgate.
Ellen Day, 10, born Dalham.
Frederick Day, 4, born Dalham.
1891 Barracks, Depot Suffolk Regiment, Newmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
William was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the Suffolk Regiment – Infantry.
William’s mother, Jane Day died 1899, Dalham, Suffolk.
One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.