They came home from the trenches

When we talk about World War One, we most often talk about those who gave their lives and never returned home. But many did come home, and of those a lot had suffered wounds, injuries and disease.

Percy Raines Fisher, my 4th cousin 2x removed was one of those. He had been born on 23 May 1888 at Lower Brading, Horsham, Sussex to Charles William Page Fisher and Jane Raines. They emigrated to Canada in 1908 and settled at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. On 6 Dec 1915 Percy married Victoria May Beresford at Winnipeg, Manitoba. Percy became a farmer and lived to the age of 92 and was buried at Calgary, Alberta in 1980.

But our story about Percy begins when he enlisted in the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force on 18 Jun 1915 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He had belonged to the 52nd Regiment P.A.V. militia prior to enlisting. His records show he was 5 ft. 6 ins. tall with a fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair and weighed 155 pounds. He was a Private, Number 441529.

canada-wwi-cef-personnel-files-1914-1918-percy-raines-fisher.jpegExtract from Attestation Paper showing signature of Percy Fisher

Percy embarked at Halifax, Canada on 29 Mar 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool, England on 9 Apr 1916. Percy had sailed on the S.S. Empress of Britain. He arrived at Havre, France on 9 Jun 1916 and was in the field by 11 Jun 1916 with the 53rd Battalion.

On 14 May 1917 he was taken on strength with the 15th Canadian Reserve Battalion.

During his service overseas Percy suffered gun shot wounds to his left thigh in Oct 1918 and also to his right elbow. He also had a gun shot wound to the chest in Sep 1916 and he spent time at the 2 Gen. Hospital at Harve. And in Feb 1917 he spent time at Whiston Auxiliary Hospital Nr. Preston for Trench Fever.

Fold3_Page_9-2Hospital Card while with 28 Canadian Battalion
The 28th Battalion originally recruited in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Fort William and Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario and was mobilized at Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Percy sailed back to Canada on 15 Mar 1919 on the S.S. Metagama, arriving on 24 Mar 1919 and was discharged on 29 Mar 1919 at St. John, New Brunswick.

So Percy had served almost 4 years and spent time in France where he had received multiple gun shot wounds, but he lived to return home.

See Percy Raines Fisher on Lives of the First World War.

Sadly, his son Percy Keith Fisher, born 14 Jul 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba would not be so lucky. He was killed in action at Normandy, France on 8 Aug 1944 while serving with the 3rd Inf. Div. Sigs, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. II Canadian Corps had pushed south from Caen toward Falaise in Operation Totalize on 8 Aug 1944.


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