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France & Flanders

300236 Gnr. James Wallace Wishart (1894 – 1916)Killed near the French village of Pozières is 300236 Gnr. James Wallace Wishart of the 7th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. He had been building a sand bag wall in his gun pit when he was hit in the chest by a shrapnel bullet that pierced his lung. Calmly calling out ‘fellows, I’m hit, I’m hit’ James collapsed in the arms of his NCO, and died shortly after a medic arrived. In an obituary he was described as being ‘a young man of exemplary character with bright future prospects and possessing a beautiful singing voice.’ James was buried at Becourt Military Cemetery on the Somme. Besides his parents Alexander & Lila, he was survived by his sister Helen, and two brothers named George and John.