Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Index to Volume Seven - The People - Dock Family Trees - Engineers, Artisans & Doers . . .

Henry Oakden Fisher - (1846-1915)

Tynant House, Morganstown, Radyr was formerly the home of George Fisher, the Resident Engineer of the Taff Vale Railway Company. Henry Oakden Fisher, his son, inherited Ty Mynydd on the death of his father in 1891. He resigned from the TVR about the same date. Although he was Chairman of the Cardiff Gaslight and Coke Company Limited his chief interest was in the Glamorgan Volunteer Artillery, of which he was a Lieutenant Colonel. - [984]

1884 - Henry Oakden Fisher was the Resident Engineer for Penarth Dock Extension works. - ( [178] - Proceedings 1884)

1884, 1885, 1890, 1896 - Fisher, Henry Oakden, Engineer, Taff Vale Railway, Cardiff - Institution of Mechanical Engineers : Members. - [178]

1886 - Shareholder of the Aber Rhondda Coal Company Limited. - [985]

1889 onwards - Member of Glamorgan County Council where he represented Penarth. - [985]

WWI - 'Herbert George Fisher, Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Field Artillery. Died 29/07/1919, aged 40. Awarded DSO and Bar. Radyr (St John The Baptist) Old Churchyard. Son of Henry Oaken Fisher and Helen Agnes Fisher of Radyr; brother of Lt. Col. Harry Bruges Fisher. Not named on Radyr war memorial.' - [986]

1869 - 16th Glamorganshire Rifle Volunteer Corps. Lieutenant Henry Oakden Fisher to be Captain. Dated 27th April 1869. - [987]

 

1907 - RETIREMENT OF COLONEL OAKDEN FISHER. 'A War Office announcement of considerable interest to Glamorgan appeared in Tuesday night's "Gazette," which chronicles the retirement of Colonel H. OaKden Fisher, who for the past 14 years has commanded the 2nd Glamorgan R.G.A. (Vols.), a battalion which has its headquarters at Cardiff and companies at Bridgend, Penarth, and Barry.

Colonel H. Oakden Fisher has had a long and notable career as a Volunteer officer. He joined the old Cardiff 16th Rifles as an ensign on December 2nd, 1866. Before this, however, Colonel Fisher had had experience of Volunteering. There was a cadet corps in the public school that he went to, and during the last three years that he was there he held the position of colour-sergeant, so that the gallant colonel can claim to have come through the ranks.

He was promoted lieutenant in December, 1867, and captain in April, 1869, and in the following month he joined the 2nd Glamorgan Volunteer Artillery as captain. He was promoted major in 1890, and lieutenant-colonel in 1893. According to the "Army Gazette," Colonel Fisher was in August, 1893, given the command of the battalion, and was granted the honorary rank of Colonel on December 2nd of the same year. Thus Col. Fisher has commanded the battalion for the past 14 years, and can boast of having served 40 years and nine months as a Volunteer officer - a grand record. It goes without saying that the gallant colonel has received the usual permission to retain his rank and uniform.

Since he took over the command the battalion has been equipped with modern ordnance, the old R.M.L. 40-Pounders having given place to 6-inch quick-firing guns of the most approved type.

Colonel Fisher has been responsible for putting up three drill-halls, and the cost incurred in erecting these had been nearly all paid off. All these buildings have proved of the greatest utility. That at Penarth cost £ 2.500, that at Bridgend £ 1,300, and that at Barry £ 1,000. The efficiency and strength of the corps have been well maintained. During the past 14 years the busby has been discarded in favour of the helmet, which has had the effect of bringing the uniform more into line with the regulation head dress. The corps has also changed its name from the 2nd Glamorgan Volunteer Artillery to that of the 2nd Glamorgan Royal Garrison Artillery (Vols.).

Colonel Fisher is succeeded in the command of the 2nd Glam. R.G.A. by Colonel E. C. Fry, who has been for some time past second in command, and whose long service experience mark him as an officer well qualified to discharge the responsible duties which have now fallen upon his shoulders.'The Glamorgan Gazette [862] [361] 27th September 1907.

 
The location of the Drill Hall, Woodland Place, Penarth.
Drill Hall, Woodland Place, Penarth.
‘Return to Barracks’

The location of the Drill Hall, Woodland Place, Penarth as indicated upon the OS map published 1915 [010] [398] plus a photograph of the red brick hall albeit in a somewhat dilapidated condition date unknown. [989] The Drill Hall was opened in 1897.

The lower photograph, taken in the period 1905 to 1910, appeared in the Barry Gem newspaper [988] and was courtesy of local historian, Brian Keitch [639] : 'Brian has called this image ‘Return to Barracks’. The scene is Woodland Place, Penarth when, after a parade, the local brigades returned to barracks with all the pomp that such an occasion requires. The long-demolished Drill Hall at Trinity Church can be seen in the background. The guns are now pointing downwards and everybody in the crowd seems in their Sunday best.'

 
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