John Michael FitzGerald DayThe son of Trixie and JRC, John Michael Fitzgerald Day, known as Mike, was born on the 10 February 1917, at Kala Perga, Kelantan (map) his birth being registered in Kuala Lumpur. He attended the long-established Old Hall School, Wellington, Shropshire (1925-1929) and then Fettes College, Edinburgh (Sir William Fettes (1750-1836), a wealthy Edinburgh wine and tea merchant and twice, Lord provost of Edinburgh left a bequest of £166,000 , a vast sum in those days, for the education of poor children and orphans. It was eventually used to build Fettes College, a boarding school for boys
for the education of children of reduced circumstanceswhich opened in 1870. Tony Blair, former prime minister, was a pupil there). Both John and his father had their fees paid at Fettes College. Alan Harvey, a contemporary of Mike’s at Fettes recalled "We were taught [PT] and put through our paces by an ex-army sergeant. ... Boxing was not compulsory, but the PT Sergeant somehow persuaded or made people box. I seemed to have some aptitude for it, having started at prep school and being quite quick. I got quite a reputation and eventually was told I was in the boxing competition. I lost my bout to an outsider, who was quicker than me. J M F Day it was." Mike was an outstanding athlete and a member of all the main school teams. He was awarded the Challenge Clock, given each year to the best athlete in the school.
Mike won a Junior Hulme Scholarship at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he read Classics and was considered to have a fine academic brain but he got into trouble both with his behaviour and with his finances and was accordingly deprived of his right to wear his Scholar’s Gown. He fathered a child while he was at Oxford.
Mike married Angelina Dominica Di Mambro on 29 January 1940 at St Mary's Catholic Church St Augustine Bark, Bristol [Bristol 1940 1st qt]. Angelina had been born on 24 October 1915. Prior to her marriage she had been an office clerk, possibly for her family's ice biscuit manufacturing business. She and Mike lived in Bristol.