Killed in action near Arras is 290534 Cpl. Albert Wishart of the 1/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Born in Marykirk, Albert had just celebrated his twentieth birthday when he was killed and had been at the front since July 1916. The same year he had been present the Battle of the Somme and in 1917 taken part in the Arras Offensive, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Menin Road Ridge and the Cambrai Operations.
The day before he died, Albert’s unit found themselves east of Irles. In his history of the 51st (Highland) Division, Major F. W. Bewsher wrote that:
In this position the troops engaged parties of the enemy massing for attack successfully; but the exhaustion of the men had become such that they could no longer offer a protracted resistance. They had been in action continuously since the morning of 21st March; and at the end of five days, in which the fighting during the day and the intense cold of the nights had denied to them any real rest, their vitality was at its lowest ebb.
Albert was the second of the three brothers lost to the war, and his body was never recovered or later identified. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and part of tree WIS0072.
At the Congregational Manse in Lerwick a 44-year-old sheep farmer from Pinehoulland named John Wishart marries his cousin Williamina Wishart, who was from Sandsting. The couple form part of tree WIS0128.