-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
William Samuel Wadham Day

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Date of birth: 27th February 1902
Place of birth: Shoreham, Sussex, England
Parents: Samuel and Alice Day
Wife: Lily Day
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Electrical Artificer
Service Number: P/M 39061
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

William was born on 27th February 1902 in Shoreham, Sussex to parents Samuel and Alice Day. The family lived in Grahtham Road, Brighton. He was educated at the Ditchling Road School. After leavin school, William worked with Brighton Corporation Tramways Undertaking and then as a fitter with Volk's Electric Railway.

William joined the Navy in March 2915. He was trained at H.M.S. Vernon and H.M.S. Victory through 1926. He subsequently went on to serve at the following establishments/ships: H.M.S. Barham (Oct -Dec 1926), H.M.S. Caradoc (Dec 1926-Jun 1927), H.M.S. Curlew (Jun 1927-Sep 1928), H.M.S. Vernon (Sep-Nov 1928), H.M.S. Constance (Nov 1928-Dec 1930), H.M.S. Frobisher (Dec 1930), H.M.S. Constance (Jan-Mar 1931), H.M.S. Hood (Mar 1931-May 1933), H.M.S. Vernon (May-Jun 1933), H.M.S. Hood (Jun-Aug 1933), H.M.S. Victory (Aug 1933-Feb 1934), H.M.S. Vernon (Feb 1934-Nov 1935), H.M.S. Pembroke (Nov 1935), H.M.S. Enterprise (Nov 1935-Mar 1938), H.M.S. Vernon (Mar-May 1938), H.M.S. Dolphin (May 1938-May 1940) and lastly, H.M.S. Hood.

William was the husband of Lily Day (nee Upton). They had one son. The family lived in Brighton. William was 39 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos


Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 56, Column 3

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His grand-daughter, Theresa Day (information & photos, October 2008)
Doug Surrey (information from 31 May 1941 edition of the "Brighton and Hove Herald", November 2013)