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Remembrance of the Dead (Dutch: Dodenherdenking) is held annually on May 4 in the Netherlands. It commemorates all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II.



I spent my "Dodenherdenking" this year at Wirdum (Frl.), by visiting this evening, the Memory Service to Sgt. William Fisher and to a local resistance hero, buried in the grave beside his. 

At about 20.00 hrs., after the speeches, was the Last Post. After the church bell was stopped, there was the yearly 2 minutes moment of silence........ (you could only hear the birds singing).

I spoke with one of the organisers of the service, as far as I understood a teacher of the local school; she was giving me one of the photos, the photo of William Fisher, which were circulating from hand to hand over the churchyard during the service (among other pictures were those of a killed Gipsy kid, and a gassed Jewish girl).    Willem -  May 4th  2012





517185 Sergeant W.R. Fisher Pilot Royal Air Force    January 1943  Age 26  


We have lost him

Heaven has found him

God doeth all things well



Five of this 466 Squadron crew became POW’s but Sgt Fisher was killed. He is buried in the Leeuwarden (Wirdum) Protestant Churchyard in Holland.

Enfield resident William Fisher was just 26 when he lost control of his Wellington in fog near the island of Terschelling, one of the Frisian islands off the north coast of Holland. 

He has been immortalized after a street was named in his honour in 2002 at the village of Wirdum on the mainland, which is near the crash site . (see previous page)









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