France & Flanders

Dying of wounds at the 101st Field Ambulance is 121150 Gnr. James Wilkie Wishart of the 113th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. James, who was born in Dunfermline, had arrived in France at the end of July 1917 and assigned the role of signaller. In early October the battery moved from Arras to the Ypres Salient and went into action there on the 21st. In November the unit War Diary summarises events:

Hostile counter-battery work was very active throughout the month. From the 6th to the 19th the battery position was shelled daily with 4.2 and 5.9 H.E. – usually either a 20 minutes concentration on intermittent bursts stretched over several hours. On other days the battery suffered only from random area strafes. On several occasions, the battery was shelled at night with 4.2 gas shell. The heaviest shelling occurred between 1pm and 2pm on the 10th with 5.9 HE, between 4.30 pm and 5.15 pm on the 13th with 4.2 and 8 HE, and between noon and 2 pm on the 19th by a concentration of 5.9 batteries.

Casualties for the month were: Killed 1 Died of Wounds 3 Wounded 8 Gassed 2

James was likely one of the three recorded as dying of wounds, and he was buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery (Grave III. A. 3.) His personal effects as returned to his family were as follows: disc, letter, two pipes, religious book, pocket knife, wrist watch & strap, cap badge, tobacco pouch, signallers badge, certificate (signallers) pair of numerals, purse and three 1/2d stamps. He is part of tree WIS0098.