|A NEW HEADSTONE HAS BEEN ERECTED IN WESTON-SUPER-MARE CEMETERY OVER THE PREVIOUSLY UNMARKED GRAVE OF CAPTAIN GEORGE FIOTT DAY VC, CB, ROYAL NAVY.|
|15 May 2002|
|A ceremony took place in Weston-Super-Mare Cemetery on the morning of Tuesday, 14th May 2002 to place a headstone, unveiled by the Mayor of Weston, over the grave of Captain George Day VC, CB, Royal Navy.
George Day moved to Weston with his wife and daugher in 1875, but died on the 18th December 1876 following a long illness. He was buried in the town's cemetery without a headstone, even though his funeral was well attended. The burial plot was later bought by a Reverend Foster who placed his daughter Caroline in the same grave and marked it by placing a small plaque over it bearing her name.
|George Fiott Day joined the Royal Navy as a First Class Volunteer in August 1833 and sailed the world during his active service. His first vessel sailed to the Pacific and was wrecked off the coast of Patagonia in 1835. In 1837 he was serving off the West Coast of Africa, returning to Portsmouth in August 1838. In November 1838 he departed for six and a half years service in the Mediterranean, taking part in the bombardment of St. John d'Acre on the Syrian Coast in 1840. 1845 found him in the African Station, 1848 back to Gunnery School at HMS Excellent, then off to the Cape of Good Hope; coast of Brazil; and employed up the Rivers Plate and Paraguaya during the hostilities between Buenos Ayres and the Argentine Confederation. In 1854 Day was sent to the Baltic then back to the Mediterranean Fleet and eventually to the Black Sea where in 1855 he won his Victoria Cross. In 1857 he was again off the West Coast of Africa and in late 1858 sailed for the China Station. George Day was placed on the Captains' Retired list, owing to ill health, in February 1867.
[ London Gazette, 24 February 1857 ]. Genitichi, Sea of Azov, 17th September 1855, Lieutenant George Fiott Day, Royal Navy.
"With great enterprise and gallantry, landed and successfully carried out a reconnaissance within the enemy's lines at Genitchi. This service was performed by Lieutenant Day with the view to ascertaining the practicability of reaching the enemy's gun-vessels, which lay within the Straits of Genitchi, close to the town. It was performed by Lieutenant Day alone on a dark but fine night, with the assistance of a pocket compass.George Day was invested with his Victoria Cross by the Commanding Officer of HMS 'Firelfy' in 1857.
Captain George Day's Victoria Cross and other decorations are in the possession of the Sheesh Mahal Collection, Patiala, Punjab, India.
Medal entitlement of Captain George Day - Royal Navy
Iain Stewart, 15 May 2002