Fisher, Thomas James (No. 17637)

Fisher, Thomas James


No. 17637, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Monday 29 October 1917 (aged 20)


Comber New Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave 8. 203)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial

First Comber Presbyterian Church


Thomas James Fisher was born on 12 July 1897 in High Street, Comber and he was a son of Robert James and Isabella Fisher (nee Ferguson) who were married on 13 May 1893 in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.

The Fisher family lived in Carnesure, Comber and in High Street, Comber.

Robert James Fisher worked as a farm labourer and he and Isabella had six children:

George (born 19 February 1894 in Carnesure, Comber)

Ellen Jane (born 18 October 1895 in Carnesure, Comber)

Thomas James (born 12 July 1897 in High Street, Comber)

Sarah (born 29 June 1900 in High Street, Comber)

Rebecca (born 13 November 1902 in High Street, Comber)

Robert (born 20 March 1905 in High Street, Comber; died of convulsions 13 February 1907 in High Street, Comber)

Isabella Fisher was 32 when she died of tuberculosis on 15 December 1906.

Thomas James Fisher was nine when his mother died and in 1911 he was living in High Street, Comber with his widowed father and his widowed maternal grandfather, James Ferguson.  Both his father and grandfather were working as farm labourers.  The other members of the household in which Thomas James Fisher grew up were two unmarried aunts, Jane and Mary Ferguson, his brother George and his sisters Ellen Jane, Sarah and Rebecca.

Thomas James Fisher enlisted in Comber and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman Thomas James Fisher (No. 17637) was 20 when he died on 29 October 1917 and he is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial and in First Comber Presbyterian Church.