R/9398 Sergeant Frederick Victor Fisher.

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12th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette of 28 March 1918.

Fisher was a native of Southend on Sea, Essex.

The Burnley Express of 9 March 1918 reported, A WAR ROMANCE. Hero Marries Burnley Lady and Wins Distinguished Conduct Medal. On being wounded for the fourth time in the present war, Sergeant (9398) Frederick Victor Fisher of the 12th Battalion, King's Royal Rifles was sent to Bank Hall Military Hospital to recover. This was in February 1917, and he was in Burnley until the Fair, when he returned to duty. During his stay here he became aquainted with Miss Cissie Proctor of 108, Anne Street, Burnley. The young soldier on leaving obtained leave and married the young lady, they have set up home at 118, Anne Street, Burnley. On November 20th, last, near Villers Piouich, Sergeant Fisher successfully led his platoon to the attack, taking command of the company when there were no officers left due to them being either killed or wounded. Major General Douglas-Smith congratulated the soldier on his gallant conduct for which he was later awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Sergeant Fisher has sent part of the medal ribbon he was given to his wife. Sergeant Fisher who was a vanman and a native of Southend, was a reservist and has seen much active service.

The citation for the Distinguished Conduct Medal published in the London Gazette reads, "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. After his officer and another sergeant had been wounded, he took charge of the platoon, and inspite of severe casualties from machine gun fire, led them forward. On reaching the final objective he assumed command of his company, which had no officers left, reorganised it, and consolidated his position".

Killed in action on the 2 April 1918, he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France. He was aged 33 and the son of William Henry Fisher, of "Hill Crest", 6, Bournemouth Park Road, Southend-on-Sea; husband of Sarah Jane Fisher, of 92, Brockenhurst St., Fulledge, Burnley, Lancs.

Fisher was born at Liverpool Road, Great Crosby, Lancashire on the 13 May 1887. The family moved to Southend on Sea, Essex in the late 1890's.