March 7th 1918

There has been a most welcome lull in the fighting in France, although we are led to believe that the Germans are planning a major offensive for the Spring. However, we have received the news that on January 20th 2nd Lieut. Edmund Fisher (RFA)  was taken ill and was sent to No.8 General Hospital in Rouen. His letter is remarkably cheery, in the circumstances:

“Here I am. Well, to begin with, my old friend indigestion on the march. The American doctor we have, tried valiantly, but eventually had to despatch me in a little ambulance. It was a job to get one that would do anything else but send one on. Eventually, after bumping about most of the day, a Central Clearing Station took me in.

Next day, I was sent to the base and a journey of 12 hours in the train. Fairly crowded beds on the floors and then bang! I was dropped by exhausted bearers on this ward floor. Here all is well. I have been given the cosiest corner. The VADs and sisters are of the best and the other officers a good sample.

No fever now.

Tout va bien

Je suis bien content.”

Although Edmund considered himself “bien content”, the news the family received from the CCS dated January 21st was that he was seriously ill with appendicitis.

Subsequently, Edmund has been transferred to the Lady Inchcapers Military Hospital, 7 Seamore Place in London on February 11th. (It is a small hospital with only 10 beds and is affiliated to Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital in Millbank).

We hope that he can now make a good recovery.

December 11th 1916

Our new Prime Minister, Mr Lloyd George has announced his new Government and amongst the new appointments is Dr HAL Fisher, as President of the Board of Education.


Dr HAL Fisher

Although we cannot claim him as an Old Boy, four of his brothers were at the OPS.

Since 1913, Dr Fisher has been Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University and his appointment to the Board of Education is unusual, in that Mr Lloyd George has appointed an expert in the field of education, rather than a politician. Perhaps he will now be found a seat in the Commons.

The Fisher family is well known in Oxford. Dr Fisher’s father, Mr Herbert Fisher, was a Christ Church man and became tutor to the future King Edward VII in 1859.

One of his daughters, Adeline, is married to the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (who joined the RAMC as a Private in 1914).

Of his sons, Edmund Fisher has enjoyed success as an architect. At Somerville College both the Maitland Building (1910–11) and Hall (1912–13) are his work. He is currently training to be with the RFA, whilst his brother Edwin is serving with the Life Guards.

Lastly, Charles Fisher (who was Senior Censor at Christ Church) went down with HMS Invincible at Jutland and William, having been Captain of HMS St. Vincent at Jutland, has recently joined the Anti-Submarine Division at the Admiralty.