1226334 Pvt. Frank John Wisheart (1898 – 1919)

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Frank John Wisheart was born in Utica, New York during 1898. He was the fourth of five children of Frederick (Frank) Wishart, a farmer, and his wife Louisa George. Frederick’s father worked on the railroads and was originally from Bavaria so not connected to the Scottish Wisharts and likely to have adopted the surname at some point after he arrived in the United States. By 1905 the family had moved to Frankfort and young Frank enlisted in Utica on 9 July 1917. He joined Company B of the 1st Infantry Regiment in the New York National Guard but was transferred to the Headquarters Company of the 107th (formerly the 7th New York Infantry) on 21 November as part of a draft to bring it up to strength.

The 107th was scheduled to ship out to Europe in May 1918, however, beforehand, Frank was transferred again – this time to Company F of the 1st Pioneer Infantry Regiment on 27 March. The regiment had been formed earlier in the year and was based at Camp Wadsworth in South Carolina at the time Frank joined. Two days later he deserted.

The rest of Frank’s life remains unclear. He died in 1919 and is buried with his parents in Oakview Cemetery in Frankfort.

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