Born: 1884, Walpole St. Andrew, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 6th April 1917 – at Bois Bernhard, France.

Date of Entry Therein: 22nd January 1915.


Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps, 59th Squadron.

Formerly 2494, Border Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Arras Flying Services Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Louisa Forlong, 35, George’s Terrace, Ipswich.




1891   Hughenden House, Market Lane, Walpole St. Andrew, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.


William was 7 years old and living with his widowed mother, & brother at the home of his widowed great aunt.

Louisa Day (nee Donaldson), 40, born Walpole St. Andrew.

Cecil Day, 4, born Walpole St. Andrew.

Margaret Boon, 70, Living on own means, born Sherrington, Norfolk.

Charles Boon, 50, born Walpole St. Andrew.

John Boon, 40, born Walpole St. Andrew.


1901   The King’s School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.


William was 16 years old & a pupil at a Christian Boarding School. His 14 year old brother Cecil also boarded at the school.


William’ s father was William Thomas Day, born September 1859, Walpole St. Andrew – died December 1889, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.


In 1891, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, William’s mother, Louisa married the Reverend Robert Rochfort Forlong.


The Squadrons roll at this point was to hold back the German aircraft during the build up of the Battle of Arras, to map the German positions and to pinpoint targets for the artillery.

Royal Flying Corps, 59th Squadron:



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