William Wordsworth Fisher
Early Life & Career
As Template:LieutGRN in King Edward VII, as enterpising naval persons were fairly required to do, Fisher exploited a gap in the rules of a pre-war prize firing to have all his light gun crews use the same single, slavishly perfected and tweaked gun mount. It sported a super-sized telescope and the results were astounding: crew after crew was hitting 19 out of 20 rounds on a 10-foot square target at over a thousand yards. The winning performance inspired rule changes for the coming year's competition.
He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1918.
On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 3 June, 1929.
Marder wrote of Fisher:
But for his death when C.-in-C., Portsmouth, he would probably have succeeded Chatfield and become, no doubt, one of the great First Sea Lords in British naval history.
- Usborne. p. 4.
- The London Gazette: no. 28623. p. 4748. 2 July, 1912.
- The Navy List (December, 1914). p. 379.
- The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30451. p. 80. 1 January, 1918.
- The London Gazette: no. 32764. p. 7873. 7 November, 1922.
- The London Gazette: no. 33349. p. 440. 20 January, 1928.
- The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33501. p. 3667. 3 June, 1929.
- Marder. From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow. II. p. 16.
- "Admiral Sir William Fisher" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 26 June, 1937. Issue 47721, col C, pg. 16.
- "Ecclesiastical News" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 27 September, 1946. Issue 50567, col B, pg. 13.
- "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 2 February, 1962. Issue 56235, col E, pg. 14.
- James, Admiral Sir William Milbourne, Royal Navy (1943). Admiral Sir William Fisher. London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd.
- Marder, Arthur Jacob (1965). From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era, 1904-1919: The War Years : To the Eve of Jutland.. Volume II. London: Oxford University Press.
- Usborne, C. V. (1935). Blast and Counter-Blast. London: John Murray.
- Papers in the possession of the National Maritime Museum. For a detailed list see Fisher Papers at the National Maritime Museum.
- Papers in the possession of Churchill College, Cambridge.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/141.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/89.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/44.
| Preceded by
Sir John Donald Kelly
| Fourth Sea Lord
1927 – 1928
| Succeeded by|
Sir Vernon Haggard