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Derek Day

Full name: Derek Malcolm Day
Gender: Male
Born: November 29, 1927 in Barnet, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: March 7, 2015 in Goudhurst, Kent, Great Britain
Title: Sir
Affiliations: Southgate Hockey Club, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Hockey

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


Sir Derek Day was educated at Hurstpierpoint College, then, after two years’ National Service in the Royal Artillery, at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. At the 1952 Olympics, Day was the first-choice goalie for the British team and played in all British matches at the tournament except the bronze medal match, suggesting that the substitute goalkeeper, [Graham Dadds], was given a chance to play.

Day joined the Foreign Service from university in 1951 and after postings in Tel Aviv and Roma, he spent several years in a small Foreign Office unit which liaised with MI6, followed by a four-year posting as information officer at the British Embassy in Washington. In 1966 Day spent a brief period writing speeches for the Permanent Secretary and Secretary of State before being appointed an assistant private secretary to the Foreign Secretary, George Brown. When Brown resigned from government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices were merged and Day went on to serve in the private office of Michael Stewart, the first Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

In 1972 Day was posted as a counsellor to Cyprus and in 1975 he was appointed as ambassador to Ethiopia. In 1979 he was appointed a government representative to Rhodesia and after two years as Chief Clerk at the Foreign Office, he served as High Commissioner to Canada, from 1984 until his retirement in 1987. Following his retirement Day became vice-chairman of the British Red Cross, and served as a Commonwealth War Graves commissioner.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Hockey Men's Hockey Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result GP G
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Hockey Great Britain GBR Final Standings 3 1952-07-15 2 0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Hockey Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1952-07-20 IND 3, GBR 1 0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Hockey Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1952-07-17 GBR 1, BEL 0 0
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