The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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David Fisher


David Fisher was born in Stepney, London in 1893 to Morris Fisher and his wife Brina. They were Russian Jews who had just come to England and were settled in East London alongside many others from Russia and Poland. The censuses of 1901 and 1911 show the Fisher family surrounded by others of Russian origin, most of them Tailors. David was the youngest of the eight children in the family and the only one to have been born in England. The next child, Louis, was born in 1890 in Russia, indicating the narrow window of time in which the family came to England.

Brina Fisher died in early 1901 aged forty-eight, and the 1901 census showed that the eldest son, Philip, was then aged twenty-five. Widower Morris gave his occupation as a ‘Ladies Tailor’, Philip was a Machinist, the next son was a Tailor, the eldest girl, Rachel, was a ‘Military Tailoress’ and two more daughters were ‘Ladies Tailoresses’. The whole family involvement was typical of the other families in the Stepney area.

David Fisher enlisted in the 1st County of London Yeomanry, Middlesex Hussars and in October 1918 was with the 2/1st Brigade, which was a training and draft-supplying reserve brigade. It moved to Ireland in May 1918 and was based in the Curragh. Presumably returning home on leave he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.



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