Born in Accrington in 1895, Bob Fisher enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment with the number 20517 on 24th April 1915. He was immediately posted to the regiment's 11th Battalion (Accrington Pals) at Caernarvon, with which he remained until he was wounded in the hand during the attack at Serre on 1st July 1916.
||After recovering in England from his wound, Bob returned to France in March 1917 and was posted to the Machine Gun Corps with the number 141086. Bob survived the Third Battle of Ypres before being returned to England in June 1918 after again being wounded. He was discharged as a result of his wounds on 21st August 1918.
Left: Bob Fisher - Certificate of Discharge.
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Above: Bob Fisher (second from left), with his brothers (far left and far right) and a friend. Photograph by kind courtesy of Phil Brooks.
© Andrew C Jackson 2005
I would like to thank Robert Girling for providing photographs of the Character and Discharge Certificates, and Phil Brooks both for allowing me to read personal correspondence from Bob Fisher and for providing the photograph of the Fisher brothers. This article was also compiled using William Turner's interview with Bob Fisher, available from the North West Sound Archive, and TNA documents WO329/1757 and WO329/3180.