10857 Pte. Thomas Gordon Wishart (1895 – 1941)
Thomas Gordon Wishart was born on 9 December 1895 at 48 Wellgate in Dundee. He was the third son of David Wishart, a local jute weaver, and his wife, Mary Gordon. In 1901 he was living with his family at 18 Dens Road and by 1911 was working alongside his father and brothers in one of the city’s jute mills.
During 1912 Thomas enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and when war broke out in 1914 was based in Gibraltar with the 2nd Battalion. The Fusiliers were ordered back to Britain during September and left for Zeebrugge on 6 October 1914 to provide relief to Antwerp. Major-General Sir Henry Rawlinson found the port doomed and the 7th Division (which contained the 2nd RSF) retired westward to meet the main bulk of the British army, who were heading north from the Aisne. In retreat, Thomas’s unit took up a position east of Ypres on 15 October.
The Fusiliers were involved in the First Battle of Ypres and lost heavily with many men taken prisoner. Regrettably Thomas’s service papers have not survived; however, a newspaper article published the following spring reported that his father had heard nothing from his son since the start of October, and perhaps he was among those captured at Ypres. This was confirmed in March 1915 when he was listed as a prisoner of war (originally reported as missing in action.) Thomas was incarcerated in Gustrow camp in Germany and remained a POW until the Armistice in 1918.
After the war, Thomas married Isabella Smith McCormack on 22 April 1927, and two sons were born of the marriage. He died on 4 December 1941 in the Dundee Royal Infirmary of coronary thrombosis. He had been living at 13 South Ellen Street and working as a general labourer.
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