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At 7:30 a.m. in 104 Rose Street, Edinburgh, William Lees Wishart is born.  He is the son of James Davidson Wishart, a coachman working in domestic service who will enlist with the Army Service Corps later in the month, and Mary Doull Lees. During the Second World War William was arrested and imprisoned for being a German spy. He is part of Wishart Tree 017.

At a residence on Leven Road in Kennoway a retired crofter named John Wishart dies aged 84 from kidney failure. He is the husband of Ann Baxter and the son of the late John Wishart, a linen weaver, and his wife Margaret Young.


A damp start to 1915 in the trenches at Givenchy greets the men of the 1st Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch.) Even if privates 2450 J Wishart and 7397 G Wishart were not positioned in the main trenches when the clock struck midnight, they almost certainly would have been by the day’s end when B and C Coys relieve A and D.  There is some shelling at French Farm and battalion casualties on the first day of the year number two wounded.

2413 Pte. Andrew Brock Wishart starts his New Year in the front line at Richebourg St. Vaast (near Neuve Chapelle, 6 miles NE of Béthune.) The war diary of the 9th Highland Light Infantry has nothing unusual to report other than that one company is withdrawn from the firing line due to it being overcrowded. 12056 L/Cpl Robert Alexander Wishart of the 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry remains in billets at Auchel.

6391 Pte. John Wishart of the Royal Scots Greys celebrates hogmanay with his unit in the time honoured fashion at La Creche.

Men of the 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (including 677 Pte. Henry Gray Wishart) also find the start of their year to be a soggy one whilst based at Aumerval (just east of 12056 L/Cpl Robert Alexander Wishart in Auchel.) During the day a draft of 88 men and NCO’s join the battalion whilst two others are sent away sick.

1299 Pte. Alexander Wishart of the 1st/7th Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) continues battalion training east of Wardrecques at Helfaut.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]