FISON, William James

No.40318, Private, William James FISON
Aged 28

2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
formerly No. 47754, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds in Captivity on Tuesday, 27th March 1918

William James Fison was born in Bottisham Lode in 1889 (Newmarket Q3-1889 3B:526), son of Jonathan Carter and Susan Maria FISON (née HANCOCK).

1891 census...Aged 1, he was at Station Farm, Heath Road, Bottisham Lode with his father Jonathan FISON [34] farmer, born Bottisham Lode; his mother Susan M. [31] born Swaffham Bulbeck and sister Florence M. [3] born Bottisham Lode

1901 census...Aged 11, he was still at Station Farm, Lode with his parents, sisters Florence M and Susan M [4] and brothers Carter [8] and Samuel C. [1]. The new siblings were all born in Lode.

1911 census...Aged 21, working on the farm at Station Road, Lode with his parent, sisters Florence Mary and Susan May; brothers Carter (working on farm) Samuel Charles and Jonathan Carter [9] born in Lode.

He enlisted in Cambridge.
He would have attested late 1915, early 1916 under the Derby Scheme. Mobilised 26-2-1917 and posted to 3rd Battalion Suffolk Regiment No. 45xxx, 27-2-1917.
To France and Flanders, 18-5-1917, Arrived at 15 I.B.D., 18-5-1917. Posted to 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, No. 40318, 10-6-1917. and joined them on 11-6-1917.
Reported missing on casualty lists 23rd May 1918. The International Red Cross records show he died of gunshot wounds at a German Field Hospital at 6 am on 27th March NOT 28th as CWGC ( this appears to be a transcription error by CWGC as their original docs show 27th.). He was buried at 4 pm on 29th March in the military cemetery at Monchy Lagache grave N:6. This grave was later concentrated to Ennemain.

The lack of detail about the 2nd Northants would indicate they were not in any large action. 7 died

William's original burial place

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Fison is buried in Ennemain Communal Cemetery Extension, grave 2:A:10
and also commemorated in Stow cum Quy

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