Edward Robert Wishart was born on 17 December 1895 in Tabusintac, New Brunswick, the third of ten children of a local farmer named Thomas, and his wife Bridget Bertha Savoy. As soon as he was old enough young Edward followed in his father’s footsteps and also went into farming.
Edward enlisted under the name Robert Edward Wishart at St. John, NB on 6 July 1918 and joined the 1st Depot Battalion of the New Brunswick Regiment at Camp Sussex. Edward spent the remainder of the war based in Canada and was demobilised from service on 12 March 1919. He returned to farming and on 8 April 1931 he married Muriel Isabelle Buchanan in New York. A year earlier he had moved to Maine and the couple eventually set up home in Somerville, Massachusetts.
By 1940 Edward was employed as an ironworker and at some point during the next four decades, he returned to New Brunswick, where he died in Chatham on 21 April 1982. He is buried with his wife, who died in 1974, in the Tabusintac Riverside Cemetery.