James Henry Fisher


Sep 28, 1892

Born in Birmingham, England


Aug 4, 1915

Attested into the 84th Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario 

Ø      Number 163326

Ø      Next of kin given as James Henry Fisher, father, 32 Victoria Park Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Electric Battery Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The battalion trained at the Niagara Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario


Sep 1, 1915

Assigned to the reinforcing draft


Sep 25, 1915

The 1st Draft embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec


Oct 4, 1915

The draft disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent, where the entire group was taken on the strength of the 36th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Feb 19, 1916

Transferred to the 18th Battalion


Feb 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 649 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 18th Battalion


Mar 10, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 18th Battalion in billets in La Clytte


Apr 10, 1916

While in a captured German trench at St. Eloi, Private Fisher received a bullet wound to his left buttock that passed through the flesh without hitting any bone.  After receiving first aid at the Regimental Dressing Station, he was evacuated to the field ambulance at Dickiebush and the transferred to the casualty clearing station at Poperinghe for further treatment


Apr 11, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 General Hospital in Camiers


Apr 15, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel from Boulogne and disembarked in Southampton

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 20, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge to continue his recovery


May 24, 1916

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot and attached to the Monks Horton Hospital for 4 weeks of Physical Therapy


Sep 22, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling and declared fit for full duty


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 132 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 16, 1916

After leaving the CBD, Private Fisher joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Divion


May 17, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with boils on his back and transferred the same day to the No. 5 CFA, then to the No. 1 CFA


May 27, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 20, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 1, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 9, 1917

Several days after moving into the Passchendaele front, the battalion supplied a work party of about 200 men for a carrying party.  While marching into the work area, an artillery shell exploded in their midst and caused about 20 casualties.  Private Fisher was instantly killed.  He was buried several days later in the White House Cemetery with the other casualties from that blast.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Alice E. Fisher, 32 Victoria Park Ave., Toronto, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father at the same address


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