In Blackheath, London, Charles William Wishart enlists with the 20th Battalion, The London Regiment.
Orders are received at 3 a.m. for the South Wales Borderers to take part in a general retirement designed to ‘lead the Germans on.’ As 8394 Pte. John Waddie Wishart and comrades move from their position they come under shrapnel fire which bursts too high and doesn’t cause any casualties. The battalion retires in a westerly direction in order that they draw the Germans across the French front. After a long day’s march John reaches Le Grand Fayt where his unit billet in the village late in the evening. During the night heavy firing is heard.
56591 Gnr. George Greig Wishart retires back across into France to Le Longueville with the 56th Battery, Royal Field Artillery where they bivouac for the night.
9577 Pte. Alexander Joss Wishart arrives by train in Le Cateau about 6 p.m. and then marches with the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment to Briastre where they billet about 10 p.m.