France & Flanders

Dying of wounds in Belgium is S/6461 Sgt. James Wishart of the 9th (Service) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. James had been at the Front two and a half years and had been a member of the Edinburgh Police Force before the war. In 1916 he had suffered from shell shock at the Somme and on the day he died was leading his platoon down a shallow trench in the early hours of the morning when they were heavily shelled. He turned back to assist with the wounded, and was struck in the arm, chest, stomach and above the left eye. Unconscious, James was taken to a clearing station, but only lived a few hours. His officer wrote that his death was “…a great blow to the whole Company. He was a grand soldier, and loved by everyone.” James was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaandeen, Belgium and is part of tree WIS0033.

United Kingdom

At 62 Rose Street in Dunfermline, Fife, 28-year-old engine fitter, Richard Wishart, marries Jean Sharp Chisholm. Richard was the son of Alexander Wishart, a hot pressman, and his wife Margaret Hoggan. Two children were born to the marriage and Richard lived until 1970. The family are part of tree WIS0001.