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  • James Fisher was born on 09 December 1890 in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents were William Fisher and Elizabeth Armour. Siblings included: John, William, Charles, Mary, Janet, Elizabeth, Alexander, David, Isabel and Agnes. James immigrated to Canada in 1909 and married Mary Weir on 22 October 1913 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Daughter Margaret was born in Manitoba and then the family moved to Keewatin, Ontario where son James was born in 1915. James Sr. worked at the flour mill.

    On 12 April 1916, James enlisted with the 94th Battalion in Kenora, Ontario.

    After a short time training in Port Arthur his unit sailed for England aboard the S.S. Olympic on 28 June 1916. James was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion and spent a month in hospital with a blood cyst. The medical notes reveal that it occurred when James was wrestling on horseback. He refused an operation to remove the cyst, and he was then attached to the 47th Battalion and sent to France in November.

    According to his service record, during the battle of Vimy Ridge, on 12 April 1917, James received shrapnel wounds to his right leg that eventually led to the amputation of his right foot. He underwent three operations at Horton War Hospital in Epsom and then spent time in the Canadian General Hospital in Liverpool. James was invalided to Canada at the end of 1917 and sent to the Manitoba Military Hospital in Winnipeg. Continuing problems with his wound led to the amputation of his right leg below the knee on 24 October 1918. James received his official discharge from the army on 03 December 1918, classified as unfit for further military service.

    James returned to Keewatin and the 1921 Canadian census shows his family living north of the CPR tracks. He was working as a caretaker and another daughter, Edith, had been born in 1919. One more daughter, Fernie, was born in 1927. James lived a long and productive life in Keewatin, working for the flour mill for forty-two years until his retirement in 1955.

    He died at the age of 95 in October 1985 and is buried along with his wife, Mary, who passed away in October 1989, in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery at Kenora, Ontario.

    by Penny Beal

    Kenora Miner and News 15 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 15 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 5 May 1917

    Kenora Miner and News 5 May 1917

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

  • Regimental Number:
  • 199297
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 47th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Maybole, Ayrshire
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Wife: Mary Fisher - Keewatin, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 9, 1890
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Miller
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • April 12, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 25
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • October 18, 1985
  • Age at Death:
  • 95
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 67E-14-2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • James Fisher was born on 09 December 1890 in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents were William Fisher and Elizabeth Armour. Siblings included: John, William, Charles, Mary, Janet, Elizabeth, Alexander, David, Isabel and Agnes. James immigrated to Canada in 1909 and married Mary Weir on 22 October 1913 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Daughter Margaret was born in Manitoba and then the family moved to Keewatin, Ontario where son James was born in 1915. James Sr. worked at the flour mill.

    On 12 April 1916, James enlisted with the 94th Battalion in Kenora, Ontario.

    After a short time training in Port Arthur his unit sailed for England aboard the S.S. Olympic on 28 June 1916. James was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion and spent a month in hospital with a blood cyst. The medical notes reveal that it occurred when James was wrestling on horseback. He refused an operation to remove the cyst, and he was then attached to the 47th Battalion and sent to France in November.

    According to his service record, during the battle of Vimy Ridge, on 12 April 1917, James received shrapnel wounds to his right leg that eventually led to the amputation of his right foot. He underwent three operations at Horton War Hospital in Epsom and then spent time in the Canadian General Hospital in Liverpool. James was invalided to Canada at the end of 1917 and sent to the Manitoba Military Hospital in Winnipeg. Continuing problems with his wound led to the amputation of his right leg below the knee on 24 October 1918. James received his official discharge from the army on 03 December 1918, classified as unfit for further military service.

    James returned to Keewatin and the 1921 Canadian census shows his family living north of the CPR tracks. He was working as a caretaker and another daughter, Edith, had been born in 1919. One more daughter, Fernie, was born in 1927. James lived a long and productive life in Keewatin, working for the flour mill for forty-two years until his retirement in 1955.

    He died at the age of 95 in October 1985 and is buried along with his wife, Mary, who passed away in October 1989, in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery at Kenora, Ontario.

    by Penny Beal

    Kenora Miner and News 15 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 15 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 5 May 1917

    Kenora Miner and News 5 May 1917

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

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  • Fisher, James Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 199297
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 47th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Maybole, Ayrshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • Wife: Mary Fisher - Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 9, 1890
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Miller
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • April 12, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 25
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • October 18, 1985
  • Age at Death:
  • 95
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 67E-14-2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Fisher, James

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