The 'Fisher' Family

1895 - Stanley Isaac
1899 - Wilfred Clare



George Fisher
1869 - 1951


George Fisher  


1869 Mattishall - (Sep quarter Mitford 4b 243)
Died: 1951 Chelmsford - Mar quarter (4a 656) - age 82
Parents Clare Fisher (1832)
Mary Ann White


Annie Matilda Skidmore  


About 1869 - no record found Eastleach, Gloucestershire
Died: 1952 Chelmsford - Mar quarter (4a 481) age 82
Parents Albert James Skidmore
Emma Pumfrey



Jun 03, 1895 Chipping North - Jun quarter (3a 1503)


Top - Florence Annie: Leslie Albert: Millicent Mary
Bottom - Thomas George: George (father): Ivy Helen: Annie Matilda (mother): Bertram Jack.
Taken 1910-12 in garden behind 'Murdoch' Shop, 48 High Street, Chelmsford
Picture courtesy of Mike Fisher



Date of birth:
Birth Place:
Leslie Albert Fisher - more 1896 Foulsham , Aylsham - Jun quarter (4b 81)
Millicent Mary Fisher - more 1897 Foulsham , Aylsham - Jun quater (4b 83)
Florence Annie Fisher - more 1898 Foulsham , Aylsham - Jun qauter (4b 86)
Harold George Fisher - more 1899 - died 1901 Foulsham , Aylsham - Jun quater ( 4b 87)
Ivy Helen Fisher - more 1902 Norwich - Dec quarter (4b 154)
Thomas George Fisher - more 1905 Peterborough - Jun quarter (3b 215)
Bertram Jack Fisher - more 1906 Hertford - Dec quarter (3a 768)


File Information:

1871: Census - 25 Badley Moor - Mattishall
Clare Fisher - Head - age 38 - Farmer And Dealer Norfolk - Mattishall
Mary A Fisher - Wife - age 42 - Mattishall Burgh
Mary A Fisher - Dau - age 17 - 17 Dressmaker London
Clara Fisher - Dau - age 15 - Dressmaker Norfolk - Mattishall
Thomas Fisher - Son - age 11 - Scholar Norfolk - Mattishall
Clare Fisher - Son - age 9 - Scholar Norfolk - Mattishall
Charles Fisher - Son - age 7 - Scholar Norfolk - Mattishall
Isaac Fisher - Son - age 5 - Scholar Norfolk - Mattishall
George Fisher - Son - age 1 - Norfolk - Mattishall

1881: Census - The Heath, Hockering Norfolk
Clare Fisher - Head - Married - age 48 (1833) - Farmer 74 Acres Employ 2 Men & P M Local Preacher - born Mattishall, Norfolk
Mary Fisher - Wife - age 52 (1829) - Farmers Wife - born Mattishall Burgh, Norfolk
Ann E Fisher - Daughter - Single - age 23 (1858) - born Mattishall, Norfolk
Clare Fisher - Son - Single - age 20 (1861) - Farmers Son & P M Local Preacher - born Mattishall, Norfolk
Thomas Fisher - Son - Single - age 19 (1862) - Carpenter & P M Local Preacher - born Mattishall, Norfolk
Charles Fisher - Son - Single - age 17 (1864) - born Mattishall, Norfolk
Isaac Fisher - Son - Single - age 15 (1866) - born Mattishall, Norfolk
George Fisher - Son - age 11 (1870) - Scholar - born Mattishall, Norfolk
Emma Fisher - Daughter - age 9 (1872) - Scholar - born Mattishall, Norfolk
Thomas Sheringham - Nephew age 8 (1873) - Scholar - Mattishall, Norfolk

1891: Census - Themelthorpe (near Reepham) Norfolk
Clare Fisher - Head - age 30 - Farmer - Mattishall
Harriett Bales Fisher - Wife - age 31 - Weston, Norfolk
Clare William Fisher - Son - age 7 - Mattishall
George Harden Fisher - Son - age 3 - Mattishall
Ann Elizabeth Harris - Step Dau - age 6 - Elsing, Norfolk
Margaret Whatling - Serv - age 16 - General Servant (Domestic) - Lyng, Norfolk
George Fisher - Brother - single - age 21 - Baker Confectioner - Mattishall

1895: Marriage record - Georger Fisher married Annie Matilda Skidmore at Chipping North - Jun quarter (3a 1503)

George continued to live at 48 High Street after the war and a 1920 street directory listed George as manager of Nelson Murdoch and Company. He was still managing the shop at the outbreak of the Second World War, evidenced by the fact that in October 1939 he was fined five shillings for a breach of the blackout regulations.

More about Annie Matilda Skidmore

Found on the internet -
Born about 1869 at Eastleach - The daughter of Albert James Skitmore/Skidmore and Emma Pumfrey
Anne Matilda Skidmore, born 1867 in Eastleach. Annie Skidmore was a servant at the time of the 1881census to the family of a jeweller in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire. She was later a sick nurse in the village of Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk, which is perhaps how she met her husband. Annie Matilda Skidmore married George Fisher of Foulsham, Norfolk, a furnisher and drapery salesman on 3 June 1895 at the Upper Baptist Chapel in Milton under Wychwood. Groege was born in Mattishall, Norfolk, in 1869 son of Clare Fisher farmer and local preacher, and his wife Mary Ann (White). By 1901 they were living with their children (born in Foulsham, Norfolk) in Onley Street, Higham, Norwich and by 1911 in Chelmsford

1881: Census - 2 Raymond Terrace Charlton Kings, Gloucester
William E Lyford - Head - age 31 - Jeweller - Cheltenham
Mary J Lyford - Wife - age 29 - Jeweller Wife - London, Middlesex
Mary J Lyford - Dau - age 5 - Charlton Kings
Edith C Lyford - Dau - age 4 - Charlton Kings
William B Lyford - Son - age 3 - Charlton Kings
Annie Skidmore - Sev - age 14 - Domestic Servant - Eastleach, Gloucester

1891: Census - The Green Litcham Norfolk
Maria Carr - Head - Widow - age 72 - Parish Relief Norfolk - Weasenham
Annie Skidmore - Lodger - single - age 22 - Nurse Sick(Em'ee) Gloucestershire - Eastleach

More on Annie's family - Found on the internet -
ALBERT JAMES SKITMORE/ SKIDMORE, son of James and Elizabeth Langford Skitmore, was baptised on 6 June 1846 at North Leigh. At the time of the 1861 census he was visiting the home at Cat Farm Cottage, Eastleach Martin of William Lea, an agricultural labourer (born about 1809 at Eastleach, Oxfordshire) and his wife Matilda. Matilda Lea's niece was Albert's future wife. Albert became a stone mason and married (as Skitmore) Emma Pumfrey on 2 March 1863 at the parish church of Eastleach Martin, Gloucestershire. The witnesses were Thomas and Matilda Lea – Emma was born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, daughter of
Edward Pumfrey, agricultural labourer, and his wife Ann (Williams). She was baptised and buried as Maria but otherwise known as Emma.

After the birth of their first son, this family, known as Skidmore, became Baptists, living for short periods in Fifield and Eastleach during the 1860s. Around 1870 they moved to the village of Winson, Gloucestershire. The birthplaces of their children show that they continued to move around Longford, Berkshire in 1873 and Bradwell, Oxfordshire in 1878.

By 1881 Albert Skidmore had returned with his family to Oxfordshire, where their home was at Lower End, Milton–under-Wychwood. The nature of his work took him from home on a number of occasions; at the time of the 1881 census he and his son Edward, also a stone mason, were working in Shotover, Oxfordshire, and a gain, at the time of the 1901 census, when Albert Skidmore was a builder's foreman, he was boarding in Hermitage, Berkshire, with his nephew William Lawrence Skidmore, a bricklayer.

Emma Skidmore was a grocer in Mill End, Milton for the later years of her life. She died in 1927, after which Albert went to live near his son in Weston super Mare. He married his housekeeper Lizzie Gee on 6 February 1930 at the Baptist Chapel, St George's, Weston super Mare. Mr Skidmore died on 2 May 1934 and is buried at Milton-under-Wychwood Baptist Church. In April 1935 Lizzie Skidmore married Wickliffe Lionel Skidmore at the Methodist Church, Freeland near Witney.



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Leslie Albert (1896)

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Name: Leslie Albert Fisher age 19
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 49941
Date of Death: 14/09/1915
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers - 83rd Field Coy.
Cemetery Link: Merville Communal Cemetery
Additional Information: Son of George and Annie Fisher, of 48, High St., Chelmsford.
Link: War Graves Reference Page

Picture courtesy of Mike Fisher

The following has been written by Andrew Begent of Chelmsford
Leslie Albert Fisher was born in Norfolk and arrived in Chelmsford by 1911. He worked for Christy Brothers, joined the Territorials, transferred to the Regulars and arrived in France in July 1915. He died from wounds two months later. His family home was in Chelmsford’s High Street.
Leslie was born at Foulsham, Norfolk in 1896, the eldest child of George Fisher and Annie Matilda Fisher (nee Skidmore). Leslie’s father has been born in 1869 in Mattishall, Norfolk; his mother c1869 in Eastleach, Gloucestershire. They had married in 1895 in Oxfordshire.
His seven siblings included Millicent Mary Fisher (born in 1897 at Foulsham), died 1969, Florence Annie Fisher (born in 1898 in Foulsham), Harold George Fisher (born in 1899 in Foulsham, died 1901), Ivy Helen Fisher (born in 1902 in Norwich, Norfolk), Thomas George Fisher (born in Peterborough, died 1999) and Bertram Jack Fisher (born 1906 in Hertford, Hertfordshire, died 1972). Harold and one other siblings were to die by 1911.
The 1901 census recorded Leslie, aged five living with his parents and three younger siblings at 57 Onley Street in Norwich. Norfolk. Leslie’s father was a furnishes and drapery salesman.
A decade later Leslie, his parents and five surviving siblings were recorded by the 1911 census at 48 High Street (a site which is today part of ‘The Meadows’ shopping centre). Leslie worked in electrical engineering for Christy Brothers in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford. His father was a shop manager for a dealer in musical instruments - Messrs. Nelson, Murdoch, and Co.
Leslie enlisted at Chelmsford in September 1914, and with his electrical engineering background served with the Royal Engineers, He landed in France July 1915 as part of the 20th (Light) Division.
He died from wounds on 14th September 1915 while serving as Sapper 49941 in the 83rd Field Company. He was aged 19. He is buried at Merville Communal Cemetery, twenty kilometres south-west of Armentieres in Nord, France (grave: IV. B. 5).
On 17th September 1915 the Essex County Chronicle carried the following family announcement:
“Died of Wounds. Fisher. - Leslie Albert Fisher, aged 19, the dearly beloved eldest son of George and Annie Fisher, 48 High Street, Chelmsford, died of wounds Monday, Sept. 13th, 1915.
He fell faithfully serving his country as a R.E. of the Expeditionary Force.”
The same edition of the paper also reported:
“Spr. Leslie Albert Fisher, R.E., died on Monday from wounds from which he never recovered consciousness, was the eldest son of Mr. Geo. Fisher, manager of Messrs. Nelson, Murdoch, and Co.’s establishment at Chelmsford. The deceased, who was only 19 years of age, was employed at Messrs. Christy Bros., electrical engineers, Chelmsford, and joined the Royal Engineers last September. He had been on the Western Front in France for about two months in the 83rd Field

Co., 20th Division. The deceased was a very reliable and much-liked young fellow, He had been through the Primitive Methodist Sunday School, and was a regular attendant at the Hall Street Church, of which his father is a local preacher and steward. Deceased was friendly with the Rev. W. J. Everingham’s son, now in the Essex (Fortress) R.E., and they tried to enlist together, but Mr. Everingham’s son was not accepted until he had made seven applications.”
The same day’s Essex Weekly News carried the following report:
“Sapper Leslie Albert Fisher, Royal Engineers, died of wounds in France on Monday. Deceased, who was 19 years of age, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Fisher, of 48, High-street, Chelmsford. He was formerly employed by Messrs. Christy Bros., engineers and joined the R.E. in September of last year. He had been at the Front about two months, being attached to the 83rd Field Co., 20th Division. His parents have not received details as to when he was wounded or the extent of the injuries, but a letter from deceased’s officer stated that he died without regaining consciousness, Sapper Fisher, who was a capable young man and very much esteemed by his friends, was a regular attendant at the Hall-street Primitive Methodist Church, having passed through the Sunday School. He was a close friend of Sapper Everingham, of the Essex Fortress Engineers, son of the Rev, J, W, Everingham, pastor at Hall-street.”
A week later the Essex County Chronicle reported:
“In Memoriam. - The Sunday evening service at the Primitive Methodist Church was of a memorial nature for Sapper Leslie A. Fisher, R.E., killed at the Dardanelles (sic). The Rev. W. J. Everingham, speaking from the text, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’. referred to the young soldier’s good life and his noble sacrifice at his country’s call, and expressed the sympathy of the congregation with the relatives. At the close Mr. H. Mundy, the organised. played ‘O rest in the Lord.’”
Leslie is commemorated on the Civic Centre Memorial, Chelmsford. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal.
On 15th September 1916 the Essex County Chronicle included the following in memoriam notice:
“Fisher. - In ever loving memory of our dear boy, Leslie A. Fisher, aged 19 years, who died of wounds in France on Sept. 13th, 1915, while serving with the Royal Engineers. Gone from our home, but not from memory.”

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Millicent Mary Fisher
1918: Marriage record - Millicent M Fisher married William Huntley at Chelsford - Jun quarter (4a 1047)
Millicent and William had children:
Could be below

Births Sep 1919 (>99%)
Huntley Lesley Fisher Tynemouth 10b 581
Births Jun 1922 (>99%)
Huntley John Fisher Gateshead 10a 1886
Births Sep 1925 (>99%)
Huntley Mavis E Fisher Chelmsford 4a 1112
Births Mar 1928 (>99%)
Huntley Margaret Fisher Chelmsford 4a 1082
Births Dec 1931 (>99%)
Huntley William J Fisher Sculcoates 9d 175

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Florence Annie Fisher
Florence Annie Fisher married Edward Claude Cousens at Copenhagen
Florence was an opera singer and Edward was a Major in the army and served at Bletchley Park as a code breaker in the war as he spoke fluent German.
Edward was born in the Jun quater of 1891 at Kingston on Thames in the district of Isington the son of Edward James Cousens and Jane Stuckly. Edward Claude Cousens died in 1974 aged 82
Florence and Edward had two children:

[1] Barry Veron Cousens - Born Mar quarter 1921 at Chelmsford - (4a 1264)
[2] Joan Cousens


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Harrold George Fisher

1901: Death record - Harold George Fisher at Norwich - Sep quarter (4b 99) age 2

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Ivy Helen Fisher

1936: Marriage record - Ivy H Fisher married Charles McGregor at Chelmsford - Sep quarter (4a 2393)

Picture dated 1924
Love from Helen

No further information

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Thomas George Fisher

1940: Marriage record - Thomas G Fisher married Julia M Coles at Chelmsfors - Mar quarter (4a 2390)
No further information

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Bertram Jack Fisher

1848: Marriage record - Bertram J Fisher married Alma Noe at Surry Mid. E - Mar quarter (5g 728) ?
No further information

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