Alexander Hood Wishart was born in Edinburgh during 1877. He was the only son of Alexander Catto Wishart – a police sergeant from Strichen, and his wife Ann Watson. Along with five sisters, Alexander grew up in the parish of St. Giles and found work in a local pub after he left school.
In 1900 he wed Helen Bain in Newington and eight children were born of the marriage between 1901 and 1923. Little is known about Alexander’s military service other than that he probably enlisted during 1915 and initially saw overseas service with the 5/6th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) who had been formed after the amalgamation of the 1/5th and 1/6th battalions in June 1916. At some point between June and November 1918, he was transferred into the 10th (Service) Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers and likely ended the war in Belgium near Pecq, East of Roubaix.
Alexander continued working as a publican after the war until his death in 1962.