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Soldiers – Fisher Brothers – Signaller, Mentioned in Despatches & Good Work

February 1918

Mexborough and Swinton Times February 23, 1918

The eldest son of Mr. Sam Fisher, of New street, Sergt.-Major T. H. Fisher. (picture right) has seen about twenty years’ service. At the outbreak of of the present war he was in the South African police force, and after repeated applications was allowed to enlist as a signaller.

He soon became sergeant major to the Second Mounted Brigade of Signallers at Okasise.

A South African paper, which Mr. Fisher has lately received, refers to Sergt.-Major Fisher, and states that he holds the record for long-distance signalling, having succeeded on May 7, 1911, in receiving a signalling message from a distance of 126 miles with a five hinge helio.

The paper adds.:—”We have now unearthed an expert signaller of ‘ ours,’ who was with, Brigadier General Alberts on the great northern trek. He is known as ‘ Oom Wilhelm in Kroonstad but his official designation ‘is Const. T. W. Fisher, at present stationed at the little town aforesaid.

He was formerly Sergt. Fisher, signalling instructor in the Carabineers (6th Dragoon, Guards), served in the late South African war, went to India, returned with his regiment to Tempe, and in 1911 joined the South- AfrIcan police, later in the present- campaign with General Botha, acting as elated at the beginning.”

Sergt. Harry Fisher, (picture left) the second son, enlisted in October, 1911. and has seen service in Egypt ,and France. He has been mentioned in despatches by Sir Douglas Haig.

The third son, Cpl. J. Fisher, (picture centre) joined this the Forces at the same time as Sergt. Harry Fisher, and has done some very good work. On one occasion he was crossing a river up to the waist in water, and frequently had to “duck” to escape shell-fire. Managed to escape with a slight wound.