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France

96818 Gnr. William Gordon Wishart arrives in France with the Royal Field Artillery. Meanwhile 12056 L/Cpl Robert Alexander Wishart marches with the 1st Highland Light Infantry from Lacouture to Richebourg St. Vaast where he remains until 9:30pm before moving off again with his unit to a position east of Neuve Chapelle where they took over the line held by the 4th Seaforth Highlanders. ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ Coys are placed in the front line support whilst Robert and ‘D’ Coy are in the reserve.  There is heavy shelling throughout the night, but mostly on the road and village, however there are no battalion casualties.

Privates 3/4067 Robert Wishart, 7397 George Wishart and 2338 Andrew Wishart of the 1st Black Watchremain in the line at Rue-du-Bois during the day and are relieved by the 1st Coldstreams at 7:30pm in the evening when they move into the reserve at Le Touret at 1/2 hours notice. One man is killed and five wounded during the day. At Rue de L’Epinette 9650 Pte. Alexander Wishart moved back into the trenches when the 1st Scots Guards relieve the Cameron Highlanders.

At Neuve Chapelle the positions of the 1st Seaforth Highlanders were 2 companies in the firing line, 1 in support and one in reserve. It is not known which 677 Pte. Henry Gray Wishart formed part of, however it seems likely he helped with the supporting fire for the troops on the battalion right who attacked Bois-de-Biez. During the day battalion losses number 5 killed, 14 wounded and 2 sick.

603 Bdr. Gilbert Wishart of the 1st North Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery marches to Le Pt. Mortier, where he billets with his unit.

6391 Pte. John Wishart, 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) saddles up and leaves L’Epinette at 8am when he rides with his squadron back to Pont du Hem where they wait in the fog all day. A heavy bombardment continues and the Dragoons eventually move to Estaires at 3:30pm where they go into billets just north of the town on the Neuf-Berquin road.

Privates 27972 George Rodger Wishart and 27414 James Wishart of the 15th Battalion, CEF return to the line at Rue-du-Bois but shortly after arrival, receive orders from Brigade HQ to return to billets and carry on with bathing. Squads of 50 men march to the baths on Sailly-Bac St. Maur road.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]