Lieutenant Henry Vivian Day


Henry Vivian Day was born on 23 January 1894 at Leicestershire.

An insurance clerk, he enlisted in the Leicestershire Yeomanry on 2 March 1911 and served in France from 2 November 1914 to 22 November 1915.

On 27 October 1915 he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and posted to the 10th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Day transferred to the cavalry the following year and was attached to the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons.

He was posted to the regiment’s service squadron and joined it in France in December 1916, part of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. (There are a number of references to Day in the diary of the 2nd Regiment.) He became a lieutenant on 1 July 1917.

In September 1917 the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment was dismounted and absorbed into the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. Day joined the battalion at Ruyaulcourt in October, but that month left for duty with the Royal Flying Corps.

He relinquished his commission on 12 February 1919. After the war he returned to Leicestershire, where he founded a family haulage company. He died in 1992.