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Pte Harry James Day 2 Sout hAfrican Infantry

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: H J

Nationality: South African

Rank: Private

Regiment: South African Infantry

Unit Text: 2nd Regt.

Age: 32

Date of Death: 18/09/1917

Service No: 1896

Additional information: Son of George William and Caroline Day, of Battersea, London. Served in South African Campaign, with the Cape Mounted Rifles.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: F. 1.


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& the cemetery info


Country: Belgium

Locality: Ieper, West-Vlaanderen

Location Information: The cemetery is located to the north east of the town of Ieper. From the station turn left and drive along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left into M.Haiglaan and drive to the next roundabout. Turn right into Oude Veurnestraat, this then changes into Diksmuidseweg and Brugseweg. Drive along this road and continue straight over the traffic lights to the end of the road. At the T junction turn left (still Brugseweg) and continue along this road (the N313) to the village of Sint Jan. At the crossroads in the village turn right onto the N345 (Potijzestraat), continue along this road to the next crossroads and turn left into Zonnebeekseweg. The cemetery is located on the left hand side by the crossroads.

Historical Information: Potijze was within the Allied lines during practically the whole of the First Word War and although subject to incessant shell fire, Potijze Chateau contained an advanced dressing station. Potijze Chateau Lawn Cemetery was used from May to December 1915, July 1917 and October 1918. A path separates the cemetery from Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, which was used from May 1915 to September 1918. At the end of the war it consisted of Plot I, and Plot II was formed after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated sites and small burial grounds to the north-east. Potijze Chateau Lawn Cemetery contains 226 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The Grounds Cemetery contains 476 burials, 111 of which are unidentified. Both cemeteries were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

No. of Identified Casualties: 200

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On the day that Pte.Day died, the 2nd Regiment SAI was positioned in the front line in front of Beck House and Borry Farm (NE of Frezenberg) and was simply holding the trenches before the attack of 20th September. They had arrived there the previous day.


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