Alexander Pattison Wishart was born on 29 March 1897 at 9 Dunedin Street in the St. Andrews district of Edinburgh. He was the second child of a leather japanner named James and his wife, Margaret Kellock.
By 1911 the family had moved to Mitcham Junction near Croydon in Surrey, and after leaving school, Alexander found work as a steel turner. He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery in Kingston-on-Thames on 25 August 1915 and eventually sailed for France later that year on 14 December.
Details of Alexander’s war service have not survived; however, it has been recorded on his medal index card that in addition to the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals, he was also entitled to the India General Service Medal with the Afghanistan and North West Frontier clasp. This was awarded to men who took part in the Third Anglo-Afghan War, which began on 6 May 1919 and ended at the start of August.
After the war, Alexander returned to live with his parents, who at the time were resident at 34 Boscombe Road in Tooting though by 1939 he was in Pinner and working as a barman at ‘The Starling’ – a pub on the Rickmansworth Road. However in 1947, after his mother died, he returned to Tooting, where he lived until his death in 1968.