Frank Parker Day

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Frank Parker Day
Native name Frank Parker Day
Born Frank Parker Day
(1881-05-09)May 9, 1881[citation needed]
Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died July 30, 1951(1951-07-30) (aged 70)
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Resting place Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupation Writer, soldier, naturalist
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Mount Allison University
Notable awards Canada Reads Winner
Spouse Mabel Killiam Day
Children Donald Day
Military career
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Canadian Army
Years of service 1915-1918
Rank Colonel
Unit 185th Canadian Infantry Battalion
Battles/wars World War I

Frank Parker Day (9 May 1881 at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia – 30 July 1950 at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) was a Canadian athlete, academic and author.

Since Day's father was a Methodist minister who moved to a new congregation every three years, Day spent his youth living throughout Nova Scotia, living in Wallace, Acadia Mines, Mahone Bay, Boylston, and Lockeport.

Early life and education[edit]

When he was seventeen, Day attended Pictou Academy and from there went on to earn a BA, in 1903 from Mount Allison University . Day was a member of the varsity rugby football team while completing his undergraduate studies. On schools new Athletic Field Frank scored Mount Allison's first points in the intercollegiate Rugby football in 1900.[1]

He later won a Rhodes Scholarship, studying at Oxford University in 1905. Day was an athlete, and won the Oxford-Cambridge Heavyweight Championship. Returning to Canada, he embarked on an academic career, teaching English at the University of New Brunswick, before being appointed president of Union College in Schenectady, New York.

War service[edit]

Day served in the Canadian Army.[2] where he played a crucial role in recruiting and training of the 185th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Cape Breton Highlanders), CEF.

Details of the 94th Victoria Regiment "Argyll Highlanders" were called out on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protection duties.

The 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders), CEF was authorized on 10 July 1915 and embarked for Great Britain on 12 October 1916. It disembarked in France on 10 February 1917, where it fought as part of the 12th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel while on the battlefield of Amiens in 1918.[3] The battalion was subsequently disbanded on 15 September 1920.

The 185th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Cape Breton Highlanders), CEF was authorized on 15 July 1916 and embarked for Great Britain on 12 October 1916. There it provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 15 February 1918, when its personnel were absorbed by the 17th Reserve Battalion, CEF.18 The battalion was subsequently disbanded on 29 November 1918.

Literary career[edit]

He practiced writing poetry,songs, essays and news items during his student and army days. After the war he wrote stories for the Atantic Monthly and Harper's Magazine[4]

Writings[edit]

  • River of Strangers Doubleday, Page & Co., New York 1926
  • The Autobiography of a Fisherman Doubleday, Page & Co., New York 1927
  • Rockbound Minton, Balch & Co., New York 1928
  • John Paul's Rock Minton, Balch & Co., New York 1932
  • A Good Citizen Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB (Josiah Wood Lectures) 134pp

Awards[edit]

His novel Rockbound was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2005, championed by Donna Morrissey. Rockbound eventually won the competition.[6]

Later life[edit]

When the Days came back to Nova Scotia[7] to live they still had a struggle to make a living as Frank's medical expenses had been considerable, including the cost of convalescing in the Southern States and the West Indies. Frank was unsuccessful in getting war disability allowance. His arthritis had stemmed from a blow on the back during a battle in WWI. Retiring to the family cottage the Days spend their time at the tiny village of Lake Annis in Yarmouth County. Where Frank spent his time with friends Harry Hamilton and Joe Charles, the Mi'kmaq guide in Hectanooga. They spend their season fishing, hunting, paddling the water ways of Yarmouth County.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mta.ca/threecheers/individualsday01.html
  2. ^ http://www.glenmargaret.com/artist_review.html
  3. ^ Gwendolyn Davies, "Afterword", Rockbound, University of Toronto Press (1989), p. 297-299.
  4. ^ Crowell, Bill (April 2008). The artist & the colonel: The story of Mabel Killam Day and Frank Parker Day one. Glen Margaret Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-897462-03-4. 
  5. ^ http://harpers.org/archive/1923/09/an-epic-of-marble-mountain/
  6. ^ "Rockbound Headed for Victory" CBC Radio February 25, 2005
  7. ^ http://www.glenmargaret.com/artist_review.html
  8. ^ Crowell, Bill (April 2008). The artist & the colonel: The story of Mabel Killam Day and Frank Parker Day one. Glen Margaret Publishing. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-897462-03-4. 

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