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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Francis Wiliam Fisher

Frederick William FisherFarnworth Weekly Journal 1 October 1915


Mrs. Ellen Fisher, of Gladstone Villa, Gladstone-rd., Farnworth, has received official intimation from the Admiralty of the death in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on September 4th of her eldest son, Pte. Francis W. Fisher R.M.L.I., Plymouth battalion. Deceased was a Farnworth Grammar School old boy, and was 19 years of age. He worked for Messrs. H. H. Hutton, shippers, Manchester, enlisted on the outbreak of the war, and was with the first landing party at the Dardanelles. Three months ago he was wounded and was sent to hospital at Malta and after his recovery he rejoined his unit.

Francis was the son of James William Fisher b.1868, a ship broker, and Ellen Fisher née Challinor b.1865.

Francis appeared on the 1901 Census living at 1 Crosby Road South, Seaforth, Lancashire with his parents, brother Thomas Norman b.1899 and a female domestic servant.

His father died and in 1911 Francis was living at Gladstone Villa, Farnworth with his mother, brother and a female domestic servant.

Francis was educated at Farnworth Grammar School and was on the War Memorial there until the school was demolished after closing in 1982.

His name is also on Farnworth War Memorial.


Name Fisher, Francis William
Rank Private
Number PLY/251(S)
Unit Plymouth Bn
Royal Naval Division,
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Born Farnworth, Lancashire
26 January 1896
Enlisted 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
4 September 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Marine Light Infantry