Robert Fisher 1891 - 1947
Great uncle Bob did not go into the family business but, like his older brother Jim, joined the merchant navy as an engineer.
His wife, Jane Stewart, was born in October 1897 in Balnald, Fortingall. In the 1880s Jane's parents, John Stewart and Jessie Buchanan before they were married, had been servants for the Menzies family that ran the hotel and a farm in Fortingall. John subsequently became a coachman. By 1911 he had moved to Innervar Lodge in Glenlyon.
Jane taught primary two in Breadalbane Academy and I was one of her pupils.
Jane and Robert married in July 1944. In December 1947 Robert died of a coronary thrombosis aged 56. Jane outlived her husband by thirty seven years.
A search of the National Archives has revealed that he was awarded medals in both World Wars;
In WW1 he was awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal and The British War Medal (see left). These were awarded to those who served at sea for at least six months, and on at least one voyage through a danger zone. By the time his medals were minted in 1925 both parents were dead so he had them sent to his sister in Eccles.
In WW2 Robert was awarded:
- Atlantic Star (AT) which was awarded after the Battle of the Atlantic for service between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945 and if the service period was terminated by their death or disability due to service. The qualifying service period for the Atlantic Star could only begin after the 1939-1945 Star had been earned by six months' service. A merchant seaman had to serve in the Atlantic, home waters, North Russia Convoys or South Atlantic waters.
- Africa Medal (AF) which was awarded for service between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943, serving in the Mediterranean. A merchant seaman might also qualify serving in operations off the Moroccan coast between 8 November 1942 and 12 May 1943. The minimum qualifying period was one day.
- War Medal (WM). This was generally awarded if the service period qualified for one of the Stars and if terminated by death, disability due to service or capture as a prisoner-of-war. A merchant seaman had to have served a minimum of 28 days at sea.
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