Acting Chief Stoker Edward Day

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

According to the Royal Navy register Edward Day was born on the 11th of November 1880 in Dorking, Surrey. The 1891 Census reads, that Edward was born about 1882 in Croydon, Surrey. His parents were called Thomas Charles Ruben Day and Emily Day nee Crisp. Thomas Charles Ruben Day was a painter and according to his daughter´s Edith Florence Brooker nee Day´s marriage certificate, he was also an actor.

Edward´s father Thomas Charles Ruben Day was born about 1851 in either Crondall or Aldershot in Hampshire to labourer and excavator James Day (born about 1826 in Crondall, Hampshire) and Elizabeth Day (born about 1832 in Crondall, Hampshire). Thomas Charles Ruben was baptised as Charles Ruben Day on the 23rd of November 1851 at All Saint´s in Crondall, Hampshire. At this time the family lived in Crookham, Hampshire. During the 1861 Census, the family lived at 7 Chatham Place, St Luke, Chelsie, Middlesex. James was working as an excavator. Elizabeth was at home and was looking after their children Charles Ruben and James J.

Edward´s mother Emily Crisp was born in the 3rd quarter of 1846 in Dorking, Surrey to groom and coachman Samuel Crisp (born about 1821 in Great Leighs, Sussex) and Harriet Crisp (born about 1820 in Dorking, Surrey). Emily was baptised on the 12th of July 1846 in Dorking. At this time the family lived at Pixham Lane in Dorking. During the 1861 Census, the family still lived at Pixham Lane in Dorking. Samuel was working as a coachman.

At the time of the Charles´ and Emily´s wedding Charles used the name Thomas Charles Ruben Day. The marriage took place on the 6th of September 1875 in Crawley, Sussex.

Edward Day had 4 known siblings: Emily Beatrice Blockley nee Day born in 1876 in Aldershot Hamshire, Thomas H. Day born about 1879 in Battersey Surrey, Sidney Horace Day born in 1879 in Croydon Surrey and Edith Florence H. Brooker nee Day born in 1881 in Croydon Surrey.

According to the Royal Navy register Edward Day was born on the 11th of November 1880 in Dorking, Surrey. The 1891 Census reads, that Edward was born about 1882 in Croydon, Surrey.

Edward Day 1891 Census findmypast.co.uk
Edward Day 1891 Census findmypast.co.uk
Edward Day 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Edward Day 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 6 Cotmandene Square in Dorking , Surrey. Thomas Day was working as a painter and Emily was looking after their children Emily Beatrice, Thomas H., Sidney Horace, Edith Florence and Edward Day.

Edward´s father Thomas Charles Ruben Day died in 1897 and was burried on the 23rd of March 1897 at St Mary and St Nicholas in Leatherhead. At the time of his death he was living at Leatherhead Common.

By 1900 the widowed Emily with her children moved to 5 Marcus Terrace, Malva Road in Wandsworth, London.

Edward Day enlisted into the Royal Navy on the 5th of March 1900 in Chatham for duration of 12 years. Edward became a stoker on HMS Pembroke II. During his career served on several ships. Prior to his enlistment Edward was working as a pianoforte maker. Edward was over 5ft tall, had brown hair, dark brown eyes and dark fresh complexion. He also had flowers tattoo on right wrist and back of both hands.

During the 1901 Census, the Day family still lived at 5 Marcus Terrace, Malva Road in Wandsworth, London. The household now consisted of widowed Emily and her children: Emily Beatrice, house painter Sidney Horace, Edith Florence Brooker nee Day and Emily´s son in law, veneer cleaner of pianoforte, William J. Blockley.

Edward Day and Mary Ann James Marriage Certificate © findmypast.co.uk
Edward Day and Mary Ann James Marriage Certificate © findmypast.co.uk

Edward Day married by banns on the 19th of April 1908 Mary Ann James at Christ Church in Southwark, London. At the time of the mariage the couple lived at 19 Brunswick Street in Southwark. Mary´s father Charles James was working as a stone grinder. Edward was a sailor.

Mary Ann James was born about 1885 in Battersea, Middlesex to Charles and Elizabeth James. At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Moss Alley, St Saviour in Southwark, London. Charles was working as a litho stone grinder. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 5 Princes Buildings, St Saviour in Southwark. Charles was working as a printers labourer and Mary Ann was a cardboard box maker.

Edward Day 1911 Census findmypast.co.uk
Edward Day 1911 Census findmypast.co.uk

During the 1911 Census, Edward Day and his wife Mary Ann were living at B2 Martagon Buildings in Southwark. Edward was working as a Royal Navy Fireman. Mary Ann was looking after their son Edward Day junior, born about 1909 in Southwark. In the household also lived widowed Elizabeth James.   The accommodation had 3 rooms.

On the 9th of March 1912 Edward joined the Royal Fleet Reserve in Chatham, and until the 4th of November 1912 served on the board of HMS Pembroke II.

Edward Day Royal Navy Register © Ancestry.co.uk
Edward Day Royal Navy Register © Ancestry.co.uk

On the 16th of September 1914 Edward became an acting chief stoker on the HMS Inflexible. His official number port division was: 294881 (R.F.R.CH B.8501)(Ch).

HMS Inflexible © Dundee Courier findmypast.co.uk
HMS Inflexible © Dundee Courier findmypast.co.uk
Edward Day Death Notice © Dundee Courier Findmypast.co.uk
Edward Day Death Notice © Dundee Courier Findmypast.co.uk

Edward Day was killed in attack on Dardanelles on the 18th of March 1915. HMS Inflexible was damaged by shell fire. He was buried at sea and commemorated at Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel reference is 11.

Edward Day Roll of Honour © Ancestry.co.uk
Edward Day Roll of Honour © Ancestry.co.uk
Edward Day Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Edward Day Roll of Honour © CWGC.org

At the time of his death, Edward´s wife was living at 6 Street´s buildings, Sumner Street in Southwark.

Edward´s mother Emily Day died in the 3rd quarter of 1915 in Wandsworth, London.

Born                            Dorking

Son of                          Thomas and Emily Day of London
Husband of                  Mary Ann Day of 6H, Street’s Buildings, Sumner Street, London

Regiment                     H.M.S Inflexible
Number                       294881

Date of Death              18th March 1915
Place of Death             At Sea
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              35

Memorial                     Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent