George Clarence Wishart was born on 17 August 1897 in Tabusintac, New Brunswick. He was the second of four sons of William Wishart, a local farmer, and his wife, Catherine Harriet Buchanan. When he was six years old, George’s mother died of exhaustion from chronic melancholy; however, his father soon remarried to Abigail Fordie Stewart (known as ‘Ford’), and in 1907 the boys gained a half-sister. After leaving school, George followed William into farming and on 8 July 1918, when he was almost 21, he enlisted in Sussex, New Brunswick.
George was assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, New Brunswick Regiment and sent for training. Perhaps like many other Canadians who joined the military in this period, young George might have been keen to get overseas and do his ‘bit’ but unfortunately (or fortunately) by the time they’d finished military instruction the war was entering its final weeks and their services were not required. George was demobilised on 7 February 1919 and returned home where he began a new trade as an engineer.
On 4 June 1924, George married Edith Ellen Beattie in Tabusintac, and three children were born of the union. He lived his entire life in Tabusintac and died aged 85, on 21 July 1983.