Mr Eberhard Thelander Fischer was born in Farstorp, Kristianstad (Skåne), Sweden on 2 June 1893.
He was the son of Edvard Fisher (b. 1859), a soldier, and Johanna Nilsdotter (b. 1865) and he had seven known siblings: Carl August (b. 1885) Nelly Marie (b. 1887), Eberhard Ferdinand (b. 1891), Anna Karin (b. 1897) Frans Edwin (b. 1898), Hilma Ingeborg (b. 1899) and Hanna Emilia (b. 1901). He and his family moved from Farstorp to Verum, Kristianstad in the mid 1890s.
Eberhard worked in a factory near his home and lived with his family in Björkeberga, Verum, Skeinge. He came from a poor home and when he was forced to emigrate he had to borrow money to buy the ticket. When he went away he said to his nephew Herman "When I come back you'll surely be a grown-up man." He travelled with Olof Svensson, also from Skeinge. They went via Denmark and bought their tickets in Copenhagen. Eberhard wrote a letter home from Southampton where he boarded the Titanic as a third class passenger (ticket number 350036 which cost £7, 15s, 11d ). His ultimate destination is unknown.
Fischer died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to parents with a further (£50) damage claims paid on 23 August 1914. Both his parents remained in Sweden and both died within months of each other in 1941.
On several lists Eberhard Fisher was believed to be Danish or German which created a lot of confusion. The problems of spelling foreign names is also shown in White Stars list where his address is written as "Bjor Kerbergo, Ousby"
References and Sources
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Gavin Bell, UK
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden