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United Kingdom

6381 Gnr. Andrew Johnstone Wishart enlists in Leven and joins the Fife Battery, 2nd Highland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. At the time Andrew was living at Railway Cottages in Lower Largo and working as a miner.

At St. James Church, Clapham, Flora McDonald Wishart marries a local tailor’s cutter named William James Taylor Russell. Flora is a daughter of the late Robert Wishart, who was a pianoforte maker.

France

Gnr. Joseph Wishart leaves Fleurbaix at 9 p.m. and arrives in Petit Mortier shortly after midnight and bivouacs there with the 6th DAC.

Belgium

At 4 a.m. Pte. John Waddie Wishart leaves Poperinghe and marches towards Boesinghe with the South Wales Borderers. The First Battle of Ypres is in full flow and the battalion war diary mentions the noise coming from the town, commenting that ‘we are in for something very soon.’ John passes through Pilken and arrives in Langemark around 8 a.m. where the battalion are brought to a halt whilst further information is received. The Borderers are ordered to make an immediate attack on Poelcappelle, andfind themselves coming into contact with the enemy as soon as they move towards the village. The line they have been tasked to cover is wide and the companies are spread thinly along the front. Despite this, several infantry attacks were repulsed. C.T. Atkinson recorded the words of one officer who said that “they came on in masses of 200 and got simply cut to pieces.” With the battalion being hit by shellfire from all directions, Atkinson himself described the situation as being ‘almost more than flesh and blood can bear’ and by the evening roll call, when things had quietened down, the casualties were recorded as two officers killed, one wounded and missing, and 19 ranks killed, 62 wounded and 65 missing. John survived the day, though his odds on lasting until the end of the month were rapidly diminishing.

On the other side of Ypres, Pte. Thomas Wishart continues to hold the line with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. During the night an attack had been made, and activity by snipers proved a constant danger for the Fusiliers. The right of the battalion line was heavily shelled during the morning and at midday D Company were enfiladed by enemy machine gun and rifle fire allowing the Germans to break through between them and the 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, subsequently forcing a withdrawal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]