59012 S/Sgt. David Gibson Wishart MM (1886 – 1973)

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David Gibson Wishart was born on 18 February 1886 at 1 Gray’s Buildings, Rosemount Place in Aberdeen. He was the fifth of nine children of David Wishart, a cloth lapper from Dunfermline, and his wife, Janet Gibson.

When he was twelve, David’s father died of tuberculosis, and the family went to live in an apartment at 24 Esslemont Avenue where David likely attended Rosemount School, which was nearby. By 1911 he had gained employment as a chemist’s assistant, and perhaps it was his experience with medicine that prompted him to join the Royal Army Medical Corps following the outbreak of war with Germany in August 1914.

Little is known about David’s military career other than that he left for Egypt on 27 July 1915 and rose from the rank of private to staff sergeant. In 1918 he was awarded the military medal while serving with the 133rd Field Ambulance in France and then Flanders. Shortly after David left for the war, his younger brother John died in hospital after being wounded at the Battle of Bellewaarde.

After the war, David lived in London with his wife Jessie (who he married in 1915) and two children were born of the union in 1920 and 1925. By 1939 he was living on Bounces Road, Edmonton where he ran a chemist’s shop and at some point, moved to Sussex where he died aged 86 on 14 January 1973.

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