France & Flanders

15 April 1918

Killed in action along the front line north of Albert near Mesnil is 29827 Pte. William James Wishart of the 6th (Service) Battalion, Dorset Regiment. William had enlisted in Newcastle during 1914 and first served with the Remounts Service of the Army Service Corps, which was a unit responsible for the provisioning of horses and mules to all other army units. At some point he was transferred into the Dorsets and was among eight men of the battalion killed that day. Of the eight, six (including William) have no known grave, suggesting that they were the victims of shellfire. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial (Panel 48) and part of tree WIS0159.

Arriving in France the day William lost his life is 6918 Pte. James Michael Wishart of the 24th Australian Infantry Battalion. James would spent just over a week at the New Zealand Base Depot before joining his new unit in the field. He survived the war, married in 1922, and had four children with his wife, Mary Lonergan. He worked as a grocer and died in 1966 aged 70. The family are part of tree WIS0023.