1106 Pte Harold Walker Wishart (1894 – 1960)
Harold Walker Wishart was born in the town of Young, New South Wales during 1894. He was the eldest of five children of James Walker Wishart, a local labourer, and his wife, Emma Summerell. By 1901 the family were living in Currawong near Murrumburrah where Harold enlisted on 28 April 1916. Two weeks later he made his way to the military camp in Goulburn and was assigned to ‘B’ Company of the Depot Battalion. On 22 June he was temporarily transferred to ‘A’ Company, 55th Battalion before being sent to Menangle Camp where he joined the 1st Reinforcements of the Light Trench Mortar Battery.
On 9 September Harold embarked in Sydney on board the Euripides and arrived in Plymouth on 26 October. He spent the remainder of 1916 at Wareham Camp in Dorset and transferred to the 3rd Infantry Battalion on 6 February 1917. Before going overseas Harold engaged in a final spell of training at Perham Downs with the 1st Training Battalion and left Folkestone for France on 6 April where, on arrival, he was processed at the 1st Australian Division Base Depot at Etaples. He eventually moved out on 21 April and made his way with a draft of 32 reinforcements to join the 3rd Battalion at Dermicourt on the 23rd.
At dawn on 5 May, while holding the line east of the village of Bullecourt, the enemy attacked the battalion’s position, advancing up old communication trenches and throwing stick bombs. The Diggers fought hard and held the line but were attacked again during the night. During the action, Harold was shot in his right thigh and evacuated to the 5th Field Ambulance and then the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station. From the CCS he then found himself taken back to Etaples where he was assessed and sent back to England from Boulogne on board the hospital ship St Andrew. On arrival, Harold received further treatment at the Endell Street Military Hospital in London before undergoing surgery at the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Southall. Unfortunately, Harold’s right leg could not be saved and it was amputated above the knee on 17 August. His war was over and he remained in hospital until 1 November when he was discharged and boarded on the HMAT A68 Anchises at Devonport, which arrived in Melbourne on 3 January 1918.
After the war, in 1921, Harold married Angelina Florence Constant in Sydney with two children born of the marriage. By the 1930s he had found work as a lift attendant and the family lived in the Sydney suburb of Arncliffe. He was a member of the Limbless Soldier’s Association and died, aged 66, in Sydney on 6 March 1960 and buried in the Woronora Memorial Park.
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