Before the war, James Wishart worked for Redpath, Brown & Co. Ltd. at their Edinburgh works and enlisted in Leith with the 7th Battalion, Royal Scots on 18 March 1914. Just over a year later on 12 June, he was sent to Gallipoli where he was wounded shortly after arrival.
After the evacuation of the peninsula, James was based in Egypt and was tried at a court-martial held on 16 January 1916 for absconding from his post. He was sentenced to 18 months hard labour which was remitted after six months, and he was attached to 156th Brigade headquarters for the remainder of the war.
Unfortunately, James’ service papers have not survived, so there are no further details about his life, or military career, currently available.