Sidney James Day VC

Sidney James Day (03/07/1891 – 17/07/1959) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First World War, east of Hargicourt, France.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30338, Page: 10678, reads:

“No. 15092 Cpl. Sidney James Day, Suff. R. (Norwich).

For most conspicuous bravery.

Cpl. Day was in command of a bombing section detailed to clear a maze of trenches still held by the enemy; this he did, killing two machine gunners and taking four prisoners. On reaching a point where the trench had been levelled, he went alone and bombed his way through to the left, in order to gain touch with the neighbouring troops.

Immediately on his return to his section a stick bomb fell into a trench occupied by two officers (one badly wounded) and three other ranks.

Cpl Day seized the bomb and threw it over the trench, where it immediately exploded.

This prompt action undoubtedly saved the lives of those in the trench.

He afterwards completed the clearing of the trench, and, establishing himself in an advanced position, remained for sixty-six hours at his post, which came under intense hostile shell and rifle grenade fire.

Throughout the whole operations his conduct was an inspiration to all. “

He is buried in Portsmouth Milton Cemetery. The headstone in the image below has since been replaced.

Portsmouth Milton Cemetery

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