34420 Pte. Andrew Wishart (1890 – 1969)
Andrew Wishart was the youngest of seven children of William Wishart, a gate man from Dumfriesshire, and his wife, Mary Ostle. He was born on 13 April 1890 in West Silloth, Cumberland and after leaving school found work in a local grocery. On 15 November 1913 Andrew married Ada Mary Pearson in Silloth and two children were born of the marriage in 1914 and 1928 respectively.
Based on his service number, Andrew probably enlisted in May 1917 when he joined the 1st Border Regiment and likely proceeded overseas later in the year. The battalion took part in a number of battles throughout 1918, however; in the absence of any service papers, it’s not known at which of these Andrew may have been present. A family story recalls that Andrew may have suffered from mustard gas poisoning, but where or when that was is also unknown.
In World War Two Andrew rejoined the Army as a veteran and was posted to Silloth to serve as an aerodrome guard. He appears on a military discharge index as D/20424 A Wishart of the Border Regiment, although no further details are currently known.
Ada died in Wigton during 1954 and Andrew 15 years later on 13 June 1969.
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