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At 21 Ravelston Park in Edinburgh, John Wishart – a 46 year old stone quarrier, married a tea room waitress named Mary Watson (aged 28.) John was the son of Alexander Wishart and AnnMcFarlane ,and resident at 24 Elgin Place in Edinburgh at the time of the marriage. Mary was the daughter of a deceased gardener named Andrew Watson and resident at 5 Mackenzie Place – also in Edinburgh. Witnesses at the wedding were John Blackburn and Jane McDonald.


Pte. Henry Gray Wishart’s first night in the trenches was far from quiet, with considerable firing being directed at his battalion’s position before dawn. The trench itself, which ran along the Estaires-La Bassée road near Neuve Chapelle , was not much more than a ditch and barely gave any protection from the snipers which were active all day both in front of, and in some cases, behind the line. In addition to the snipers, enemy shelling was also prevalent for most of the day though no Seaforths were recorded as casualties in the war diary.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]