1039455 Pvt. Frank Wilson Wishart (1882 – 1945)

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Frank Wilson Wishart was born in Frazeysburg, Ohio on 1 May 1882. He was the youngest of three children of James Wishart, a labourer and veteran of the American Civil War, and his wife Esther Ann Morrow. When he was fifteen-years-old his father died from heart disease at the Soldiers’ Home in Sandusky and by 1900 Frank had gained work on the railways as a locomotive fireman. Shortly afterwards, Esther and her three children moved to Jefferson Township where Frank found a job as a labourer in a rolling mill.

On 14 February 1914 Frank enlisted in the army at Fort Riley, Kansas and served with the Quartermaster Corps until 18 July 1916 after which he joined the Supply Company of the 6th Field Artillery and then the 11th FA on 1 June 1917. A transfer to Pack Train Company #308 of the Quartermaster Corps followed on 23 March 1918 with whom Frank sailed for Europe from Hoboken, New Jersey on 14 June.

Frank served in France until early 1919 when he was sent home with an arthritic right knee – leaving from St. Nazaire on the SS Zeelandia and arriving home almost a year after he left on 13 March. Frank spent the rest of 1919 in service and was based at Camp Sherman in Ohio when he married a domestic servant from Newark, Ohio named Bessie Scott on 23 December. Two years later a son was born and the family lived on South Pine Street in Newark. Frank worked in a stove foundry and in 1932 took his wife and son to live in Akron, where he brought home a wage as a watchman. He died on 8 October 1945 following a long illness and had been an active member of the Firestone Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3383.

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