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Memorial details

Memorial type
Addition to gravestone
East Lothian
First World War (1914-1918)
Not lost
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Current location

Inveresk Parish Church
East Lothian
EH21 7UA

OS Grid Ref: NT 34432 72069
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Addition to family gravestone
Inscription legible?
Names on memorial
Fisher, William
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  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, relationships, rank, manner of death, date of death, age, place of burial
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Gravestone
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
  • (see post timed at 2217 on 1 January 2010 for images)
  • East Lothian Courier 9 December 2010- A news article about a visit to his grave by people from his home town and a bit about him. A MUSSELBURGH soldier killed during the First World War was honoured by a party of travellers from his homeland, who held a Remembrance ceremony at his grave near Ypres, Belgium. A band of 12 pipers, five drummers and a Colour carrier from The Boys' Brigade in Musselburgh, Penicuik and Leith, aged between 16 and 64, departed from the Honest Toun on November 8 after being invited by the 'Friends of In Flanders Field Museum' and the 'Last Post Association' to take part in various parades and Acts of Remembrance in and around Ypres. The group also travelled to the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, to visit the grave of Piper William Fisher of the 12th Royal Scots, whose death is recorded on the war memorial of Musselburgh's Northesk Parish Church. William Fisher, who was born in Wallyford in 1888 and brought up in the farm cottages at Inveresk, was a founder member of the then Musselburgh Pipe Band and joined the war after serving briefly in the Territorials. He was wounded during assaults on entrenched German positions in February 1916. He returned to Flanders after recovering from his wounds and a month later was tragically killed in a bomb throwing training exercise on April 15, 1916. The county visitors conducted an Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial at the request of their hosts before going to Reninghelst New Military Cemetery where Fisher lies (see picture). The band's leading drummer and bugler, Alastair Knowles, wrote in his diary of the trip: "At Private Fisher's grave there was gathering of about 40 'Friends of In Flanders Fields Museum' and the Last Post Association, an unexpected and moving tribute to a son of Musselburgh that none of them could have known but for whom, along with so many others, they have a profound respect by his sacrifice on their home land. "In a simple ceremony there were a few words to describe Pte Fisher and his short life. A wreath was laid, 'The Last Post' was sounded, the 'Lines to the Fallen' delivered, the Piper's Lament sung clear and forlorn in the wind and a few moments of silence broken by the Bugler's 'Call to Rouse'." Mr Knowles added: "Four days in Flanders can be summed up as, memorable more than enjoyable, emotional more than pleasurable, educational more than entertaining, but delivering all six experiences in an unforgettable package."

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