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Brothers At Arms – The Fisher Family Sacrifice At Pozieres

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Brothers At Arms – The Fisher Family Sacrifice At Pozieres

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One tragic tale involving the ‘FISHER’ family from Western Australia has been offered by Kel Fisher of Murdoch. This story concerning his Great Uncles (Osborne, Walter, William & Benjamin) is a story of four brothers, who were born to William and Elizabeth Fisher in New South Wales. They would re-establish themselves on the othe side of continental Australia and it was from this state that they would enlist. However, only one would survive the result of two wars, in defence of the British Commonwealth.

The eldest of the four brothers, Benjamin would die as a result of service during the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1901; more commonly referred to simply as ’The Boer War’). Serving with the 6th Mounted Infantry Contingent, he would be killed in action near Carolina on the 15th of May, 1901.

Just thirteen years later, the Great War would break out and again - Australians would answer the call for the mother country. The first of the three surviving brothers to enlist would be Osborne FISHER with the Service number of 3106. An older recruit by average standards, he was 38 years of age at the time of his enlistment. After initial basic training at Blackboy Hill; the First World War Embarkation Roll indicates that he boarded HMAT Themistocles from Fremantle on the 13th of October, 1915. Leaving Australia’s shores prior to the end of 1915 entitled him to the award of the 1914-1915 Star, but sadly – this would be a posthumous award. At this time of embarkation, Osborne was allotted to the 16th Infantry Battalion, AIF. One of the most famous of Western Australian units to have served in the Australian Imperial Force (their sons, a generation later would find themselves fighting on the Kokoda Track during 1942).

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In most instances ….. the only thing that we have to remind our families of loved ones, lost ….. is a few war medals. However, in the case of the FISHER family who lost a “generation” through war, even that small token is “lost”. The war medals of Private Osborne FISHER are missing; as is his ‘Death Plaque’. The same fate has befallen the war service medals awarded to his youngest brother, Private William Joseph FISHER. Do you have these medals in your collection? Or do you know of their whereabouts? If you could assist Kel to recover the medals of his great uncles, no doubt – the FISHER family would be most grateful …… and the missing war medals of these two brothers can be re-united with those of Stanley. Only when this task is done, will these three brothers be back together again.

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