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The Papers of Admiral Sir William Fisher

Title The Papers of Admiral Sir William Fisher
Reference GBR/0014/WWFI
Creator Fisher, Sir William Wordsworth, 1875-1937, Knight, Admiral
Covering Dates 1888–1959
Extent and Medium 2 archive boxes
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

William Fisher was born in 1875, the son of Herbert Fisher, Vice-Warden of the Stannaries [Cornwall]; he married Cecilia, youngest daughter of F. Warre Cornish; they had one son and two daughters.

Fisher joined the Navy as a Cadet in 1888, being educated on HMS Britannia. He was promoted to Midshipman in 1890, then became Sub-Lieutenant in 1894, full Lieutenant in 1896, Commander in 1906 and Captain in 1912. In the First World War, Fisher commanded HMS St Vincent during the Battle of Jutland, then from 1917-18 served as Director of the Admiralty Anti-Submarine Division. After the war he became Chief of the Staff for the Mediterranean Fleet, (1919-22) and also Naval Aide de Camp to King George V, (1921-22). Following his promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1922, Fisher moved to be Chief of the Staff to the Atlantic Fleet, (1922-24), then Rear-Admiral of the 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet, (1924-25). He served as 4th Sea Lord from 1927 to 1928, then as a Vice-Admiral, became Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, (1928-30), Vice-Admiral commanding the 1st Battle Squadron and Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet, (1930-32). Fisher was made a full Admiral in 1932 and took over as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, (1932-36). His final position was as Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth [Hampshire], from 1936 until his death on 24 June 1937.

Fisher's honours included: Officer of the Legion of Honour and Order of the Rising Sun of Japan, 3rd Class; United States Distinguished Service Medal; GCB, 1935; GCVO, 1935; KCB, 1929; CB 1918; CVO 1924; MVO 1908.

The papers chiefly consist of Fisher's Midshipman's logs, and also letters written to his family during his early career and the First World War.

The papers were deposited at Churchill College by Admiral Fisher's daughter in 1981. A further accession was received from another source in 1990.

The papers are owned by Churchill College.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Admiral Sir William Fisher, WWFI

Further information

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/.

This catalogue was produced by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in November 2004 using an existing list and information from the papers themselves. Biographical information was taken from Admiral Fisher's entry in Who Was Who (A&C Black).

Index Terms
Naval Personnel
Fisher, Sir William Wordsworth (1875-1937) Knight, Admiral
Royal Navy
Churchill/WWFI contains:
1 Midshipman's logs. Logs kept by Fisher while serving with: HMS Howe, Channel Squadron; HMS Penelope and HMS Raleigh, Africa; the troopship HMS Tamar; HMS Victory, Portsmouth [Hampshire]; HMS Calypso. . Also includes: certificates of later appointments as Acting Sub-Lieutenant, Sub-Lieutenant and Lieutenant; records of examinations for rank of Lieutenant (second class certificates) and for Interpretership in French (passed Lower Standard); interleaved letters written by Fisher as a schoolboy in Oxford and during his early naval service; signals on subjects including the departure of the 1st Battle Flotilla from Fisher's command in 1934 and Fisher's departure from Alexandria [Egypt] as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean; letter from Admiral Sir Bertram Thesiger.
1 volume with loose items.
2 Letters. Letters from Fisher to his family, including his brother Herbert Fisher, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University, while serving on HMS Raleigh in South Africa and HMS St Vincent. Subjects include an attempted murder on board the Raleigh, a visit by Queen Alexandra and the Battle of Jutland, particularly the loss of HMS Invincible, with a photograph of the wreck of the Invincible following the battle.
1 file.
Jan 1888-Mar 1917
3 Framed photograph of Fisher.
1 item.

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