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23 Apr 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Albert Jesse William Day, 32114, 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on or soon after April 23rd, 1917, at the Battle of Arras. Two months later his widowed mother Emily at 25 Brache Street, Luton, was still awaiting definite news of the fate of her son, who had been reported missing since April 23rd.
Albert, who had just turned 21 at the time of his death, had enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment at the outbreak of war. He went out to the Dardanelles as a lance-corporal with the Yellow Devils and was included in the list compiled by The Luton News of local men serving at Gallipoli.
While serving there in September 1915 he was hit in the back of the head by a sniper's bullet which finished close to his windpipe. Albert was sent home to England, but on the boat home contracted dysentery and became an inmate of Leeds Hospital for three months, followed by six months at a convalescent home at Shoreham.
He later rejoined the Bedfordshire Regiment as a private at Halton Park, and in November 1916 was drafted out to France.
Prior to enlistment, Albert was employed by Brown and Green Ltd, Windsor Street, Luton.