Born: 29th July 1883, Deptford, Kent.

Baptised: 12th September 1883, All Saint’s, Deptford, Kent. Parents: Frederick William & Eliza Fisher.

Died: 22nd April 1918; age: 35; KiA.

Enlistment Details: Location: London; Date: 31st December 1897; Age: 14 years & 2 months; Religion: CofE. Enlisted for 12 years. Height: 4ft 4 ins, fair complexion, blue eyes & auburn hair.


Service: Appointed Bugler – 1st September 1898. Attained the age of 18 years – pay increase 2d. Posted to ranks as a Sapper – 15th July 1902. Appointed Lance Corporal – 3rd March 1908. Promoted to Corporal – 1st April 1914. Expeditionary Force – China -5th August 1914 – 27th April 1917. Promoted to Sergeant – 20th January 1917. Embarked UK 1st February 1918 – Disembarked – France – 4th February 1918 – Joined Unit 17th March 1918.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 1478.

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 59th Field Coy.


Medals Awarded: Long Service & Good Conduct (with Gratuity) medals – 1st April 1916 – Hong Kong. Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

Plot 4. Row B. Grave 3.

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery,



The original grave marker. Courtesy of Grant Malcolm.

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs E. Ratcliffe, of 186, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.




1891   119, New Cross Road, St. Paul’s Deptford, London.


Frederick was 7 years old and living with his widowed mother.

Eliza Fisher (nee Farrow), 34, a Manageress, born Ipswich.

1 shop assistant.


1911   Stack Rock Fort, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales.


Frederick was 27 years old, a Soldier ranked 2nd Corporal, of the 35th Coy, Royal Engineers.


Frederick’s father Frederick William Fisher, born 1857, Colchester, Essex – died 14th March 1888, 108, Brocklehurst Street, New Cross, Surrey. He was a Sergeant in the Royal Engineers.


Frederick’s mother Eliza married Edward Henry Ratcliffe in 1900. Eliza & his sister Edith Mary Fisher moved to Ipswich to live in Edward’s home – 186, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza Ratcliffe – mother, and Edith M. Fisher – sister.


Eliza Ratcliffe received her late son’s British War medal on the 5th February 1921 and the Victory on the 17th June 1921.


In April 1918 Eliza received Frederick’s personal property at her home of 186, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich:

Disc, letters, Religious book, wallet, shaving soap, badge, handkerchief & mirror.


Royal Engineers, 59th Field Coy:




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