Cecil Ernest FISHER

FISHER, Cecil Ernest

Service Number: 256
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Western Australian Mounted Infantry
Born: Bray, Ireland, 31 October 1868
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Christ’s College, Christchurch
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of Illness (malaria), Leydsdorp, Northern Transvaal, South Africa, 9 December 1902, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Leydsdorp Cemetery, South Africa
Unmarked grave
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 256, 5th Western Australian Mounted Infantry
6 Mar 1901: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 256, 5th Western Australian Mounted Infantry, T.S. Devon, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Son of – Captain Stephen Fisher , Royal Navy and 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." - SOURCE (www.outbackfamilyhistory.com.au)

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