Horace was born in Bilston in 1895, the son of Samuel and Clara Day. In 1901 they were living at 168 Great Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton, along with Horace’s brothers, Thomas E., Samuel H. and John A. They were at 4 Edward Street by 1911, by which date Horace had become a carpenter. He had a further 4 brothers – Arthur, Victor, Leslie and Norman.
On 7 September 1914, Horace enlisted at Birmingham in the Royal Field Artillery (number 18075), by which trade he had become a motor body maker. On 13 September 1916, the Express & Star announced that Horace, now a Bombardier, had been awarded the Military Medal, having showed “conspicuous bravery under fire by digging out and rescuing alive men who had been buried during a bombardment.” A letter from Horace is included in his service records, dated 17 April 1917, asking about the whereabouts of this medal and when he is likely to receive it, as “7 months is rather a long time to wait for it.”
From 30 December 1916 until 24 February 1917, Horace was in hospital following an inflammation of his left knee. However, his service records also give details of a number of times when he was absent without leave. More seriously, he was later accused of striking a soldier. While he was under arrest, he also escaped from custody for a number of days. He faced a court martial and was sentenced to 21 days detention on 10 August 1917. He was also reduced to the permanent grade of Gunner. He was posted back to France on 20 May 1918, and was discharged on 20 January 1919, after further periods of being absent without leave.
Horace married Ethel Sheargold in Birmingham on 24 May 1920, and they had two children – Amy V. and Phyllis – in 1921 and 1923. I have not been able to confirm when Horace died.