France & Flanders

13 August 1918

Killed in action during ten-hours of furious hand-to-hand combat southeast of Amiens in the Parvillers Sector is 418937 Pte. David Wishart from Leslie, Fife. He was the eldest of seven children and his younger brother John had been killed in action shortly after David arrived at the front. David, who was a railway worker, had emigrated to Canada shortly before the war started in 1914 and joined the 42nd Battalion (Quebec Regiment), CEF. He had been in France since October 1915 and earlier in 1918 had seen action at Arras before advancing on Amiens on 8 August. The attack in which David lost his life began at 3:30 pm on 12 August and continued until the early hours of the 13th. His body was either not recovered, or later identified and he is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. He is part of tree WIS0028.