William Henry Fisher


William Henry Fisher


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment
1st Bn.


1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals


Panel 33 and 34.


>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Watford Borough Roll of Honour, Memorial Plaque, Memorial Hall, Bovingdon

Pre War

Son of James and Cluzyna Ellen (nee Wren) Fisher of High Wycombe; husband of Mary Elizabeth (nee Narroway) Fisher of Watford.

His parents married 21 July 1883 at St Mary the Virgin, Ware, Herts.  Cluzyna died 1930 in the Wycombe, district aged 68; James died 21 March 1945 in Watford aged 86, and was buried 26 March in North Watford Cemetery.

William was born 31 August 1885 in Bovingdon, Herts, and baptised 20 June 1886 at St Lawrence’s, Bovingdon. He married 8 June 1908 at St Mary’s, Watford; they had two children.  He resided in Watford.  Mary remarried 6 October 1923 at St Mary’s, Watford to John RACKLEY; she died 5 January 1967 in Watford aged 82, and was buried 11 January in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.

On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 5 he lived in Weston, Herts, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1901 Census, a stonemason aged 15, he lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings.
He married Mary Elizabeth Narroway in 1908

On the 1911 Census, a confectionery sugar boiler aged 25, he still lived in Watford, with his wife and one child.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in London 28 October 1913, a stone mason, and was mobilised 1914.  He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 31 August 1914, and was killed in action.  J FISHER, of High Wycombe, Bucks, makes application for 1914 Star in respect of the services of the late W H FISHER.  

Additional Information

There is an article about William in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 5 December 1914; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 23 October 1915, 28 October 1916, and 27 October 1917. Has a entry in the National Roll of the Great War. Unfortunately, William’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.


Malcolm Lennox, Dick West, Sue Carter (Research) and Watford Museum (ROH on line via www.ourwatfordhistory.org.uk)