D'arcy Fraser Day
Squad Quartermaster Sergeant
Serial No. 981
5th Light Horse Regiment, 1st ANZAC Battalion, Camel Corps & 14th Light Horse Regiment
D'arcy Fraser Day - Information
D'arcy Day had lived in Campbelltown with his family. He was a son of Sydney Day, of the Bank of NSW Campbelltown Branch. When D'arcy was older, he found work as a station manager in Queensland. At the age of 34, he enlisted in Brisbane on the 22nd of January 1915. Training with the Light Horse, he was posted to the 5th Reinforcements, 5th Light Horse Regiment. His unit was then shipped out from Newcastle on the 22nd of May 1915 aboard the HMAT Malakuta.
D'arcy landed in Egypt, and joined the 5th Regiment at Gallipoli in late September. A few months of suffering the appalling conditions in the trenches, D'arcy was evacuated to Egypt in December with haemorrhoids. In January 1916, he rejoined his unit, and was moved for further training. The 5th Regiment defended the Suez Canal and commenced patrols into the Sinai Desert. On the 6th of July, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant. By November, D'arcy reverted to Trooper and was assigned to the Camel Training Unit. In February 1917, he was taken on strength to 1 ANZAC Camel Battalion. He was performing well, promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant for the 1st Camel Battalion in August. In July 1918, he was posted as CQMS for the 1st Light Horse. D'arcy was then posted to the 14th Light Horse Regiment as Squad Quartermaster Sergeant. After the war ended, D'arcy left England for Australia on the Aeneas on the 22nd November 1919.