Walter Sidney Fisher

Royal Defence Corps

Personal Details

Born:   1 February 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 18 February 1887 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family:   He was one of the six surviving children born to George Fisher, a labourer, and his wife Mary Ann, nee Hall. He married Alice A Groome Quarter 4 1912 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The couple had two children, Albert George and Agnes Lillian.

Residence:   At the time of his birth the family were living in Venables Yard, Whitchurch but in the 1891 Census an address of Bronington Terrace, Bronington, Flintshire, Wales is given for him.  By 1911 his family were living at 4 Venables Yard but sometime after his marriage in 1912 he lived at 20 Pepper Street and by 1939 at 20 Rosemary Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Employment:  In 1911 he was described as a general labourer, however on his Service Records he was said to have been a stoker at the gas works. By 1939 his occupation was an iron roofer.

Died:   Quarter 2 1956 in Whitchurch, Shropshire, aged 69 and buried in Whitchurch cemetery on 30 June 1956.

Military Details

Regiment:    Royal Defence Corp (previously Shropshire Light Infantry)

Rank:   Private

Service Number:   87899 (previously 14536)

Date of Enlistment:   17 September 1914

Date of Discharge:   6 March 1919

Reason for Discharge:   Not known

Other Information   His brother, George Fisher, served in the K.S.L.I. during WW1.

Medals and Awards

Walter was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The 1914 Star (also known as 'Pip') was authorised under Special Army Order no. 350 in November 1917 and by an Admiralty Fleet Order in 1918, for award to officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who served in France or Belgium between 5 August and midnight of 22–23 November 1914. The former date is the day after Britain's declaration of war against the Central Powers, and the closing date marks the end of the First Battle of Ypres.

The 1914–15 Star (also known as 'Pip') was instituted in December 1918 and was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served against the Central European Powers in any theatre of the Great War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. The period of eligibility was prior to the introduction of the Military Service Act 1916, which instituted conscription in Britain.

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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