France & Flanders

Killed in action in France during a raid on enemy trenches is 266948 Pte. James Wishart, 8/10th Gordon Highlanders. An obituary published in the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald on 2 November 1917 read:

Gordon Highlander Killed

Mrs. Wishart, Allander Terrace, Milngavie, has received official information that her son, Pte. James Wishart, 8th Gordon Highlanders, has been killed in action. Pte. Wishart enlisted in December, 1915, and has been in France since June, 1916. He had been once wounded. Previous to enlisting, Pte. Wishart was employed as a miller with Mr. James Watt, Grainmills, Milngavie. In a letter his officer says: – 

“Your son was in my platoon, and I found him a good lad. He was exceedingly brave to do what he was told to do, and if he had lived was sure to have received a decoration. Still, it was willed that his time had come, and it is for you I feel most, because it is you, and only you, who can realise what a son’s love is. I attended his funeral on the afternoon of 16th inst., with most of his comrades. Never did I see such a touching spectacle. It will be pleasant for you to remember that we gave him a good burial. A little cross has been erected, which can be seen at any time. It will comfort you to know he died a hero, a popular fellow in the platoon, and one whom I, as platoon officer, knew to be a good soldier.”

James is part of tree WIS0066 and the eldest of six children of Alexander Wishart, a cotton yarn dyer, and his wife, Mary Hunter.