PRIVATE CLARENCE HENRY CHARLES FISHER

Died 29th September 1916
No. 3/8534 (8834?) of the Northamptonshire Regiment, 6th Battalion.
Born: Woburn Sands, 6th December 1893
Enlisted: Northampton

Clarence was the eldest son of a labourer, Reuben Henry and Emily Edith of Sandfield Cottages, in Weathercock Lane. He had joined the Northants Special Reserves around 1908-9, and was employed on the L&NW Railway.

Clarence was home with a wounded hand, but getting on well, in January 1915, and home wounded again, but ready to go back, in June the same year. He must have transferred regiments as the 6th Northants only went to the front in July 1915. They moved to the Somme in the Spring of 1916.

North Bucks Times, 31st October, 1916 "Killed in Action. Pte. Clarence Fisher has been killed in action. He was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs R Fisher of Sandfield Cottages, Woburn Sands, and was nearly 23. He joined the Northants Special Reserves nearly 8 years ago, and was employed on the LNWR at Birmingham. He was twice wounded during the first year of the war. A letter from his Officer to Mrs Fisher says "It is with great sorrow that I have to inform you that No.8834 Private Clarence Fisher was killed in action on September 29th, 1916. He was one of our snipers and his death will be a great loss to the Company. He was killed instantly by a shell whilst carrying bombs, which were urgently needed by his comrades in the front line. I hope it is some comfort to you to know he died a brave man doing his duty as he always has done."

He was 22. His picture appeared in the "Beds Times" in October 1916. He is listed on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. His army service records have not survived.

Fisher, from The Beds Times

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