33721 Pte Harold Wishart (1897 – 1935)
Harold Wishart was born in an attractive late-Victorian semi-detached house on Barrow Road in Streatham, South London during 1897, the youngest of four children of Percy Wishart, an average adjuster from County Durham, and his wife, Margaret Jane Best. He was baptised in Immanuel and St Andrew’s Church in Streatham Common on 10 October the same year and by 1901 his family had moved locally to a similar styled property on Northanger Road. Harold’s father died in 1908 and in 1911 he was enumerated in the census as boarding at St Catharines in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
It seems probable Harold was conscripted into the Army in early 1916 and joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was probably in one of two drafts who arrived with the 7th Battalion at Berneuil during early December. The weather over the winter months was horrendous and after two months at the front Harold began suffering from trench foot and on 16 February 1917, while serving with C Company in the trenches at Hébuterne, he was admitted to No. 11 Casualty Clearing Station. From there he was taken by No.27 Ambulance Train to a hospital ship, where he received further treatment, and eventually discharged on 9 March.
Regrettably Harold’s service papers have not survived, and consequently, details covering the remainder of his military service are not available. The battalion medal roll records that after the 7th Battalion, he went on to serve with the 9th and then 1/5th Battalions.
Little else is known about Harold and he died in Croydon during 1935.
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