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  • Christina Drummond

Corporal Harold Fishwick, 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Corporal Harold Fishwick, 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment was killed in action on the Western Front.

He had been a mill worker, and also served seven years in the Special Reserve. In July of 1914 he enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment, and was sent to the Western Front just before Christmas of that year.

The officer who had been with him as he died wrote to Corporal Fishwick’s widow to express his sorrow and sympathy, and referred to him as “one of the very best.”

This poem is on his commemorative silk ribbon – these were commissioned to remember those killed in the war, and some included the soldier’s photo along with poems or Bible quotations:

“We do not forget him, we loved him too dearly

For his memory to fade from our lives like a dream;

Our lips need not speak when our hearts mourn sincerely,

For grief often dwells where it seldom is seen.”

He is buried in the Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais in France.

Harold, from Padiham in Lancashire, was 25 years old and married.

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