George Fisher

George Fisher was born in Bolton on 24 October 1891.

He was the youngest son of Thomas and Ann Fisher of 83 Ramwell Street, Deane, Bolton.

His father, Thomas Fisher, was a coal dealer who died in 1912.

George's primary education was at Pikes Lane Council School, Bolton. He then attended Bolton Church Institute from September 1904 (aged 13) to July 1906 (aged 15) having won Higher Education Scholarships which gave him full or partial exemption from fees

He appears on the 1911 as a card tenter in the cardroom of a cotton mill.

George's elder brother Fred Fisher also attended Bolton Church Institute. He survived his own War service as a 2nd Lieutenant with the King's (Liverpool) Regiment. and went on to become Headmaster of a village school in Norfolk.

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George's War

George served as Private 30039 in the 8th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), which landed in France on 27 September 1915 and became part of the 3rd Division.

Having gone to the front on 13 July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, he had probably been involved in the defence of Delville Wood and the attack on Guillemont.

George was severely wounded in the attack on Serre, which failed as men tried to advance in waist deep mud, and died on 13 Nov 1916 at the age of 25. This was at the beginning of the Battle of the Ancre, the final large British attack of the Battle of the Somme.

He is buried at Bertrancourt Military Cemetery, Somme, which was used by field ambulances in 1916. Many of the graves there are for men of Yorkshire or Lancashire regiments.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
19 January 1917

Official intimation has been received of the death of Pte. GEORGE FISHER, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. His widowed mother lives at 83, Ramwell-st, Bolton. He was severely wounded by a shell on November 13th and died a few hours later. He was educated at Pikes-lane School and the Church Institute, and was attached to Emmanuel Church. He went to the front on July 13th 1916 and had seen heavy fighting. He was the only brother of Second-Lieut F. Fisher, recently gazetted to the King's (Liverpool) Regiment.


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George Fisher

Private: 30039

8th Battalion
King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Born: Bolton 24 October 1891

Died: France 13 November 1916

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