200341 L/Cpl. Alexander Machray Wishart (1897 – 1917)
Alexander Machray Wishart was born shortly before dawn on 3 July 1897 in a granite tenement building at 71 Jute Street in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was the sixth child of John Wishart, a local stonecutter, and Charlotte Munro.
When war broke out in 1914, Alexander was serving his apprenticeship as an engineer with Alex Wilson on Ashgrove Road. Like thousands of others, Alexander answered Lord Kitchener’s call for new recruits and joined the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders in the early days of the war.
At the start of 1915, Alexander found himself stationed in Bedford and left for France on 19 February aboard the transport ship Archimedes. The battalion’s first experience of trench life came in early March when they were posted to La Clytte near Ypres. However, Alexander’s time on the Salient was to be short-lived, and on 8 May he arrived by train back in Aberdeen having been invalided home with appendicitis.
It is not known when Alexander returned to his unit, however by the spring of 1916 he had been promoted to the rank of lance corporal but was unfortunately wounded during June. On 23 February 1916 the 4th Gordon Highlanders had transferred to the 154th Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division and after recovering from his injuries, Alexander was attached to the 154th Trench Mortar Battery.
It seems likely Alexander was based in trenches along the Heninel-Wancourt sector when he was killed in action on 16 October 1917.
Alexander is buried at Wancourt Military Cemetery (Grave reference: I. C. 40.)
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