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Two men called Fidler are commemorated on the Hazel Grove War Memorial. William Fidler is well documented and his biography is here. Isaac Fidler, however, remains a mystery.

Only one man of this name is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as having died whilst on active service. He was serving with the 23rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusilers and died on 14 July 1917. Army records published after the War indicate he had been born in Whitehaven, Cumberland and enlisted into the army in the town. There is no obvious connection with the Hazel Grove but it is possible that he was a relative of William and his family decided to commemorate him as well their son. Perhaps he briefly worked in the Hazel Grove area but returned home to join up.

The family history website, FreeBMD, records the birth of boy of the first and last names – Isaac Marsland Fidler – in 1885. He was born locally in the Heaton Norris area. The same website notes that a man called Isaac M Fidler married in the late spring of 1914. This marriage was registered at Prestwich, which then covered areas of north and east Manchester. This man at least had a known connection to the Stockport area and may be the person commemorated, although it has not been possible to identify his military or naval service.

An attempt to identify Isaac Fidler was made by John Eaton for his book about the men recorded on the Hazel Grove War Memorial – “Hazel Grove to Armageddon”. Although the internet has now widened the resource base since he wrote the book in 1998, it has not widened enough to establish who Isaac was.

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