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William Wishart (aged 5), residing with his grandmother in Upper Mill Street, Blairgowrie, while trying to walk over a plank spanning the lade at Erichtside Works, fell into the lade, and was carried through the wheelhouse into the River Ericht. Police and others searched the river without success, and after six o’clock the lade supplying Ashgrove and Westmill was run dry, but when darkness set in no trace of the body had been found. William’s mother was an unmarried flax reeler named Grace Wishart.
Enlisting in Bendigo, Victoria is a 22-year-old farmer from Macorna named Reginald Alexander Wishart. He was recorded as being 6ft in height with fair complexion and light brown hair and eyes. With the exception of some dental attention, 450 Pte. R A Wishart was considered fit for overseas service and assigned to ‘A’ Coy, 38th Infantry Battalion, AIF.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]