Christopher Fisher
QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Defence of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Johannesburg
(5004 Pte., 1st L.N. Lanc.Regt. M.I.); KING’S SOUTH AFRICA 1901-02, 2 clasps (5004 Pte., L.N.
Lanc. Regt.); MAYOR OF KIMBERLEY’S STAR 1899-1900, reverse hallmark with date letter ‘c’
Christopher Fisher was born in Blackburn
Lancs. in 1877. He was the son of Christopher
an iron turner and Zillah (Smith). He grew up
with three older sisters; his mother and
sisters were all cotton weavers.

Fisher enlisted at age 18 on Dec 28th, 1895
and served in South Africa from February
1899 to September 1902.

In addition to home service, he was posted to
Ceylon and Canada.

In the early stages of the siege, the Mounted
Troops of the LNL were very active and
participated in some of the offensive
engagements led by Col. Scott-Turner in
November 1899.

During the siege, he was part of the Mounted
Infantry detachment consisting of 1 officer
and 21 men and was one of the few in the regt
to be awarded the Paardeberg clasp for his
role in the bread convoy:

During the operations at Paardeberg the
British ran very low on supplies so Lord
Kitchener's Head Quarters requested urgent
supplies of bread from Kimberley. Bread was
cooked in the De Beers ovens and sent in a
convoy to Paardeberg with an escort of
Mounted Troops.

ex Biggins Collection, DNW March 2011