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Bunny Nottinghamshire
He was the son of James and Kate Fisher. His father James was born in Nottingham and his mother in Normanton, Yorkshire, and they were probably married in 1894 (O/N/D Basford, Fisher-Easom). They had six children: Lily b. 24 December 1895 (J/F/M Basford), Percy, James birth registered 1900 (J/F/M Nottingham), Florence birth registered 1902 J/F/M Nottingham, Cyril b. c1905 (possibly 23 August 1905) and Leslie c1908 (possibly 8 June 1908). Lily was born in Sherwood, Percy in Bunny and the youngest four children were born in Nottingham (possibly Basford). In 1901 James (25) a general labourer, and Kate (25) were living at 102 Park Lane, Basford, with their three children Lily (6), Percy (3) and James (1). By 1911 the family was living at 79 Wallis Street, Old Basford, and James (35) was working as a carter. All six children were in the home on the night of the census: Lily (16) a lace dresser, Percy (13) a trimmer, James (11), Florence (9), Cyril (5) and Leslie (2). Also in the household was a boarder, Lomas Rudkin (35) a collier.
In 1911 he was a trimmer
27 May 1918
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He was living in Nottingham when he enlisted in Nottingham
Private
South Nottinghamshire Hussars
Percy died when the troop ship Leasowe Castle was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean while on passage from Alexandria, Egypt. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial. The account is from a local resident posted on the Woodborough village website. The Hussars had been fighting in the Middle East and they were returning to France where they were to be re-formed as a machine gun company. Their new title was to be the South Notts Machine Gun Battalion. They were sent to Alexandria, Egypt and had received orders to embark on a transport ship, "Leasowe Castle", on 23th May 1918 ¹. On 27th May, the ship was struck by a torpedo with devastating results. A very detailed account of the fateful journey may be read in the historical records of the South Notts Hussars Yeomanry by G. Fellows. The "Leasowe Castle" was one of a convoy of six transporters and they were accompanied by a number of destroyers. The weather was good, the sea was calm and a brilliant moon shone in the night sky. At 1.30 am on May 27th 1918 when the ship was about 104 miles from Alexandria, the "Leasowe Castle" was struck by a torpedo on the starboard side. The engines were immediately stopped. The troops mustered to their stations, rolls were called, boats lowered and rafts flung overboard. The Japanese destroyer "R" stood by, while the remainder of the convoy continued on their journey at full speed. We are informed that perfect order was maintained on board, the men standing quietly at their stations as if on parade, while those detailed for the work assisted in lowering the boats. Lifeboats were launched in the course of forty five minutes and the rescue attempt continued smoothly. The "Leasowe Castle" remained fairly steady, though sinking a little at the stern, with a slight list to port. All of 'B' (Warwickshire Yeomanry) Company of the Battalion went over the port side and were picked up in the water. About 1.45am. HM sloop "Lily" appeared having turned back from the convoy to assist in the work of rescue. She ran her bows up to the starboard side of the "Leasowe Castle" and made fast, so that troops were able to pass quickly on board. Meanwhile the Japanese destroyer put up a smoke screen for protection. Suddenly about 3.00am a bulkhead in the aft part of the ship gave way, and with a loud noise the "Leasowe Castle" sank rapidly. The "Lily" had a narrow escape, as the hawsers connecting her with the sinking ship were cut with an axe just in time.
The Book of Remembrance gives his name as 'Percy William' but all other records give his first name as 'Percy'. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 27 May 1919: ‘Fisher. In loving memory of our dear son, Pte Percy Fisher, South Notts. Hussars, drowned at sea, 27th May, 1918. Gone, but not forgotten. Father, mother and grandmother.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His mother, Kate, was his sole legatee.
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