George (Geordie) Fisher was born in Edinburgh Scotland on March 20 1885. He was the son of David and Margaret Fisher. Geordie worked in Summerland for Louise Atkinson’s grandfather John S. Ritchie in the shoe makers shop He was Gordon Smith’s uncle and his mother’s only brother. Geordie was an extremely popular figure in Summerland. Prior to enlisting he worked at the A.J. Beer Leathers Store. When he enlisted he was initially denied because of an eye problem, but successfully enlisted in the summer of 1915, his friends wrote a poem for the local paper.
The poem read;
Hoots Geordie, will ye no come back agin?
When yeve finished fichtin wi the man-o-sin
Ya hae friens befth local an true
Wha will wish God speed to you
An will count the days till ye come back agin
Geordie Fisher went to Vernon Camp for training. With him at Camp was Phillip Agur, Fred Been, Elwood Bent and Ernie Smith. Geordie was a member of the 13th Field Ambulance. As a member of the Canadian Medical Corps, he was stationed at the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Wokingham Berks England. The hospital was designed to service 400 patients but by the spring of 1916 the hospital was ordered to alter the facility to accommodate fifteen hundred wounded soldiers. Geordie wrote that, “ everything possible is done to make it pleasant for the poor boys who have been out in the firing line, and goodness knows, they need it, as according to all reports, it is awful life. It is ver sad to see the state some of the convalescents are in. Lots of them will never be able to do anything again.” Geordie also wrote home to state that “it was awfully nice of the St. Andrew’s Society to send the Review every week”. On September 2 1918, at the age of 33 while serving with the Canadian Army Medical Corps, 13th Field Ambulance, Geordie Fisher was killed in Oct 2 1918. He is buried at the Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery in Pas de Calais France (Grave 1.A.25). (R# 40010)