570795 Pte. George Wishart (1890 – 1928)

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George Wishart was born at 62 Powis Place in Aberdeen on 16 May 1890. He was the fourth of six children of James Wishart, a local lithographer, and his wife, Mary Ann Garden.

By 1912 young George had moved to Edinburgh where he lived at 21 Montague Street and worked as a bookbinder. On 23 August that year, he returned to Aberdeen where he married a cap maker named Ann Donaldson McHaffie.

After the outbreak of war, George joined the 1/1st Highland Cyclist Battalion which was a bicycle infantry battalion in the Territorial Force and based in Kirkcaldy. At some point in 1917, he was attached to the Black Watch, possibly the 6th or 9th Battalions, and went on to see overseas service on the Western Front. George ended the war in the Labour Corps and was demobilised on 10 March 1919.

During the war, George and Ann had a daughter named Gladys in Rubislaw and in the 1920s they lived in George’s late father’s house at 33 Sunnyside Road. George worked as a bookbinder until his untimely death from tuberculosis on 3 April 1928. He was 39 years old.

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