James Fisher was one of eight brothers who enlisted during the First World War. He was wounded on Gallipoli and survived, only to succumb to illness on 28 June 1919, the day the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending the war.
His mother, Annie, was one of the few to send so many of her sons to war. She had been widowed the year before war broke out and had raised 11 children of her own, as well as four step-children from her husband’s first marriage.
Eight of her boys – Edward , Walter, Eli, Terence, George, John Sr, Cecil, and James – joined the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), while a ninth son, Robert, tried to enlist no fewer than five times, but was rejected due to his poor eyesight.
Two out of the eight would not return home.