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Cecil James Day

In memory of:

Squadron Leader Cecil James Day

July 17, 1959


Marville, France

Military Service


Service Number:

30286

Age:

34

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

439 (Fighter) Squadron

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45.

Honours and Awards:

Canadian Forces Decoration

Additional Information


Born:

August 31, 1924
Battersea, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

March 26, 1943
London, England

Son of James Edmond and Jane Catherine (nee Bracey) Day of Folkestone, England. Husband of Melva Gladys (nee Erickson) and father of Anita, Patricia and Debra Day of Calgary, Alberta. Mrs. Melva Day met her husband, then an RAF pilot Cecil (Hap) Day, during his flight training at Penhold and was on the first civilian ship back to Britain in 1945 to marry him. He was the love of her life and tragically died in an RCAF flying accident in France.

Commemorated on Page 92 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY
Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Grave Reference:

Section 8 Row C Grave 1

Location:

Choloy is a village and commune in the Department of the Meurthe-et-Moselle, 28 kilometres west of Nancy and some 5 kilometres west of Toul, a town on the N4 road from Paris to Nancy. The village is south of the River Moselle on the minor road (D11B) from Toul to the neighbouring village of Foug. The CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY is 3 kilometres west of Toul on the north side of the D11B road. The Choloy War Cemetery is the last resting place of casualties from the First and Second World Wars and is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is also the final resting place for many Royal Canadian Air Force members and their families who died while serving in Europe as part of 1 Air Division between 1953 and 1967 and other Service Members serving with NATO in Germany following Canada's departure from France.

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