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Moses Haile Fisher was the eldest son of nine children born to Thomas Fisher and his wife Isabella (nee Postlethwaite). Thomas was a Police Constable and served in various villages during his career, including Patterdale between 1897 and 1900 (just before the new Police House was built). Moses would have been around 7 years old when the family came to Patterdale so would have attended Patterdale School for three years before the family moved on to Temple Sowerby.
On the 31st May 1907, at the age of 18, Moses sailed from Tilbury on board the R.M.S. Omrah bound for Brisbane to start a new life in Australia. He was travelling with 22 years old 'G. Fisher' (perhaps a cousin?). After the war broke out, Moses enlisted (at Casula, NSW) into the Australian Army on the 13th December 1915. After training, he embarked for Plymouth from Sydney bound for Europe on the 9th April 1916 aboard the HMAT Nestor A71 (see photo below -
In February 1917 the Germans took the Allies by surprise when they began Operation Alberich, their withdrawl to the heavily fortified Hindenburg line. The 19th Battalion was involved in following up their retreat and it is possible that it was during this action that on the 28th February 1917, Moses suffered a gun-
He was evacuated to the Canadian Hospital in Etaples, where he stayed for nearly two months before rejoining his Battalion. In August 1917, Moses was promoted to Lance Corporal and granted 14 days leave to England, where he married Katherine (Kate) Alice Tarran on the 23rd August 1917 in Andover. However, Moses failed to report back at the end of his leave and didn't turn up in France until the 11th September, where he immediately went into hospital for a week suffering from Scabies. He was punished for being 'Absent Without Leave' for 12 days, by having his promotion retracted. He was transferred to the 2nd Division's Salvage Company on the 2nd October 1917.
At the end of the war, whilst awaiting transport back to Australia, Moses was assigned to work on a Dairy Farm in Burnham on Crouch, Essex for two months -
We’re not sure what happened to Moses’ family in England, although we know from his embarkation records (see below) that in 1916 his father was living at 20 Devonshire Street Workington. If you can add anything to the story of Moses or his family please contact us.
Private Moses Haile Fisher
4407, 2nd Div. Salvage Company. Australian Imperial Force
Born c. Aug 1889, Parton near Whitehaven.
Died 18th Aug 1956, Aged 68 Tumbarumba, NSW, Australia
Son of Thomas and Isabella (nee Postlethwaite) Fisher
Husband of Katherine (Kate) Alice Tarran
Father of 6
A summary of Moses’ Service Record
Moses’ Marriage Certificate from his service record
Moses’ Embarkation entry above and below Troops aboard the HMAT Nestor A71 in 1916.