France

25 December 1914

A frosty morning greets the Wisharts who are at the Front in Northern France and Belgium. As day breaks in trenches at Rue d’Ouvert (north of Givenchy), men of the 1st Battalion Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) are given Christmas cards from the King, however during the rest of the day, and unlike other sectors, any form of goodwill from the enemy is in short supply and the battalion sustain six casualties (one killed, five wounded.) The battalion is relieved about 8:30 p.m. by the 1st Coldstream Guards, 1st Scots Guards and 1st Camerons. Privates 2450 J Wishart and 7397 G Wishart march with their unit back to Cuinchy to enjoy what is left of their first Christmas of the war.

677 Pte. Henry Gray Wishart of the 1st Seaforth Highlanders leaves the trenches and marches with his battalion to billets at Vieille Chapelle.

During the day 1995 Pte. Albert Wishart joins the 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) in a draft of two officers and another 190 men. The battalion are based in billets just west of Redbarn on the Neuve Chapelle Road and are considerably under-strength – though primarily not due to hostile actions, but the effects of the extreme cold on the men.

2413 Pte. Andrew Brock Wishart of the 9th Highland Light Infantry spends his Christmas in billets at Locon, likewise as does  12056 L/Cpl. R Wishart of the 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry several miles the other side of Béthune at Auchel.

6391 Pte. John Wishart of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) is based at La Creche near the Belgian Border. He had joined his unit on 17 December and would spend the remainder of 1914 there.

43786 Cpl. John Wishart of the 33rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery remains with his battery due west of Neuve Chapelle near Croix Barbee (La Croix Barbet.)

7322 Gnr. Joseph Wishart is based in billets at Bac St. Maur with No.5 Section, 6th DAC whilst 1299 Pte. A Wishart of the 1st/7th Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) celebrates Christmas in billets at Helfaut and Bliques.

10689 L/Cpl J Wishart of the 1st Battalion, Royal Scots is based in French barracks at Château Moine and perhaps has a day off from digging defensive trenches.