Photograph of Pte. Day, killed by a shell with Seven Comrades
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|Subject||Day, Herbert William|
|Title||Photograph of Pte. Day, killed by a shell with Seven Comrades|
|Notes||Private Day was killed together with sixteen of his AIF comrades during the German Spring Offensive of 1918 (Operation Michael - Kaiserschlacht) when a shell burst directly overhead killing seven of them instantly. Their names appear on seven Headstones in a single row side by side.|
The legend on these seven headstones at St. Pol British Cemetery in St.Pol-Sur-Ternoise Northern France, just 20 miles from Arras, reads:
Believed to be buried in this Cemetery
Pte. 925 Herbert William Day, 58th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F., was killed in action 27th March 1918, aged 23.
According to the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files, Pte. Day was killed during heavy calibre shelling of a train, which had been carrying his battalion to Doullens, outside St. Pol station.
|Item Date||August 1914 - March 1918|
|Creation place||St. Pol, France|
|Item medium||Photographic paper|
|Copyright||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor|
|Digital repository||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford|
|Contributor Name||Great War Grave Search|
|Contributed on the behalf of||Kathleen Johnson|