Capt Edward W Day

Captain Day, due to his seniority, must have joined either the Union Line or Castle Line before the amalgamation in 1900.


The names of the following have been brought to notice by the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered on the occasion of the sinking or damage by enemy action of Military Hospital -Ships and Transports: —

Capt Gilbert Berry (Transport " Norseman").

Capt Edward Weatherstone Day (Hospital ship " Glenart Castle ").

Capt William Edward Pontet (Hospital Ship " Lanfranc ").

Capt John Barry Whitton (Hospital Ship "Goorkha").

Capt John Vyvyan Watson-Black (Hospital Ship " Galeka").

Ch. Offr. Robert Henderson Homer (Hospital Ship " Anglia").

Ch. Offr. James Disraeli Kerridge (Hospital Ship " Glenart Castle ").

Ch. Offr. Geoffrey Handfield Purcell (Hospital Ship " Lanfranc ").

Ch. Ofifr. Sidney Godolphin Symons (Hospital Ship " Goorkha").

1st Offr. Hugh Wilson Douglas Wilson (HospitalShip "Galeka").

3rd Offr. Matthew Henry Williams (Hospital Ship " Galeka").

Hd. Saloon Std. George Thomas (Hospital Ship " Lanfranc ").

2nd Std. Henry Welsh (Hospital Ship " Galeka ").

1st Cook J. L. Griffin {Hospital Ship " Lanfranc").

Email 5/07/2007


Help. I am researching my family tree and in particular my mothers side. My Grandfather John James Harty was a seaman and connected with the sea for all of his life. He ended up as harbour master at Ramsgate, Kent.

In August 1921 John signed up for a voyage from London to Beira? and during the voyage he rescued a passenger. E.W Day was the Commander and I am in possession of a printed certificate that states, "Presented to J Harty by the passengers on board S S Gloucester Castle in recognition of the efficient manner in which rescue of a passenger was effected on September 5th 1921".

I also have photographs of the presentation and my grandfather with some of the crew.

I have managed to obtain a copy of the crew agreement from the archives in New Foundland but the log book eludes me. I am told by the archives at Greenwich that it may have been one of those destroyed and that my best hope would be to look at the minutes of the Board of Directors and see if this was mentioned.

Any more ideas? If you would like copies of anything I have I would be only to willing to supply it to you


John Goulden

Capt Day was Master of Galician in 1914 when she encountered the German cruiser Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse.

A news clip of this event is found here

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