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Albert, Matthew, John (Jack) and Harry Fisher were the sons of John Fisher (b.1859) a cotton spinner, and Mary Fisher (b.1858).

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Albert FISHER

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Matthew FISHER

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John FISHER

 

17425 Private ALBERT FISHER
Albert had married Anne Ellen Brough b.1882 at St Matthew’s Church, Bolton in 1904 and was living with his wife at 37 Argyle Street in 1911. They had had two children but both had died.

12517 Private MATTHEW FISHER
Matthew married Alice b.1883 in 1904. They were living at 4 Beta Street, Bolton in 1911 with their three children: Matthew b.1905, John b.1907 and William b.1910. They had also had another child who had died. Matthew was working as a piecer in a cotton spinning mill in 1911.

12528 Private JOHN (JACK) FISHER
Jack had married Sarah Ann Urmston b.1892 at Emmanuel Church, Bolton in 1910. The family appeared on the 1911 Census living at 6 Back Harris Street, Bolton with their daughter, Emily b.1911. Jack was also working as a piecer in a cotton spinning mill.

THREE FISHER BROTHERS SERVED AND WERE KILLED TOGETHER

When war was declared in August 1914, the four brothers enlisted in the Army at Bolton. They all joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Harry joined the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion, and the other three went into the 6th (Service) Battalion.

The 6th Battalion men, Albert, Jack and Matthew sailed for Gallipoli from Avonmouth aboard HMT Braemar Castle on 15th June 1915 and unfortunately all three men were reported to be killed during the same action at Chunuk Bair on the 9th/10th August 1915.

The official despatch about the action states;

“The two battalions of the New Army chosen to hold Chunuk Bair were the 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. The first of these arrived in good time and occupied the trenches. Even in the darkness their commanding officer, Lieut-Colonel H.G. Levinge, recognized how dangerously these trenches were sited, and he began at once to dig observation posts on the actual crest and to strengthen the defences where he could; but he had not time given him to do much.

The second battalion, the Wiltshires, were delayed by the intricate country; they did not reach the edge of the entrenchment until 4am, and were then told to lie down in what was believed, erroneously, to be a covered position. At daybreak on Tuesday 10th August, the Turks delivered a grand attack from the Chunuk Bair Hill-Q against these two battalions, already weakened in numbers, though not in spirit, by previous fighting.

First our men were shelled by every enemy gun, and then, at 5.30am, were assaulted by a huge column consisting of no less than a full division, plus a regiment of three battalions.

The Loyal North Lancashire men were simply overwhelmed in their shallow trenches by sheer weight in numbers, whilst the Wiltshires who were caught in the open, were literally almost annihilated. The ponderous mass of enemy swept over the crest, turned the right flank of our line below, swarmed round the Hampshires and General Baldwin’s column, which had to which had to give ground and were only extricated with great difficulty and very heavy losses.

Towards this supreme struggle the absolute last two battalions from our general reserve were now hurried, but by 10am, the effort of the enemy was spent. Soon their shattered remnants began to trickle back, leaving a track of corpses behind them, and by nightfall, except prisoners or wounded, no live Turk was left upon our side of the slope.”

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Back row: Harry, Albert, Matthew (in uniform) and John on the right.

The Bolton Journal and Guardian of 3rd September 1915 reported;

Four Brothers. Three Killed in One Battle

Of the Four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. (sic) Fisher, 280, Deane Church-lane, Bolton, who have joined the forces, three have been killed and one has been wounded. The latter is Pte. Harry, of the 1/5th Battalion L.N.L., and he is the youngest of the quartet. He has been injured by shrapnel in the left ankle. He was an enthusiastic footballer, and played with one of the tradesmen’s clubs in the Bolton Wednesday League. The three who have been killed, Privates Albert, Matthew and Jack, were all members of the 6th L.N.L., and fell during two days hard fighting in the Dardanelles. Before the war all three were engaged as minders in Bolton Mills. Albert, who was the oldest, leaves a wife,Matthew a wife and four children, and Jack a wife and two children. All were well known in Deane, though Albert had latterly lived in St Anne-st., Halliwell-rd., and Matthew in Tonge Moor. Jack was a great swimmer, and recovered two of the three bodies of the Westhoughton children who were drowned at Rumworth over 12 months ago. He also recovered a little girl from a lodge close to his home. All the brothers enlisted when the war broke out, though Matthew had been in the Army previously, and taken part in the Boer War. Jack was formerly in the Bolton Military Band.

The three Fisher Brothers on HELLES MEMORIAL

The three Fisher Brothers on the HELLES MEMORIAL

Private Albert FISHER
Rank: Private
Service No: 17425
Date of Death: 09/08/1915
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

Private John FISHER
Rank: Private
Service No: 12528
Date of Death: 10/08/1915
Age: 28
Regiment/Service:The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

Private Matthew FISHER
Rank: Private
Service No: 12517
Date of Death: 10/08/1915
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

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This article has been reproduced with kind permission from the DBBC young roots heritage project. The young people identified and researched the the servicemen pictured in a 1916 Bolton Journal and Guardian supplement who were killed at Gallipoli. You can visit their website by clicking on the DBBC logo.
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