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Cecil  Ernest  FISHER

Born 31st October 1868 in Bray, Ireland.

Father – Captain Stephen Fisher , Royal Navy. Mother –Frances Ann Fisher.

Schooled at Christ’s College, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand.

Employed as a miner at Kalgoorlie (A single man, he lived with his brother Archibald Henry Fisher and family in Kalgoorlie. Incidentally ,Archie was later badly injured in a cage fall at South Kalgurli Co mine around May 1901)

Enlisted at Kalgoorlie in the 5th West Australian Mounted Infantry as a private, regimental no. 256

Sailed from Fremantle 6th March 1901 on the transport “Devon” for South Africa, arrived Durban 28th March 1901.

Served until war’s end, earning Queens  South Africa medal with clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, and South Africa 1902.

Medal uncollected, as Cecil died of malaria at Leydsdorp, Northern Transvaal, South Africa on 9th December 1902, and lies buried in an unmarked grave in the Leydsdorp cemetery.

All records for the 5th WAMI were accidentally destroyed in South Africa, so I can only assume that Cecil , after the completion of his 12 months service period, either (1) joined one of the irregular units who, under British command, were still mopping up in the remaining troublesome areas of the Northern Transvaal, or (2) went hunting for gold on the fields of South Africa.

No photos or ephemera remain for Cecil, and his name appears on no memorial. He received no recognition for his service, and lies forgotten in an unmarked grave in a foreign land.


Submitted by his Great Nephew, Neil Fisher.


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