About 4:30 a.m. near Gillemont Farm, a German raiding party crossed No Man’s Land and leapt into British trenches held by the 17th Bn Royal Scots. During the ensuing skirmish, there were a number of casualties including sixteen wounded; two missing (presumed taken prisoner) and one killed. Of those, the unfortunate who did not see the sunrise that morning was 40669 L/Sgt. John Russell Wishart, a Glaswegian who had first enlisted in 1901 and seen service on the Western Front since December 1914.
John had been one of fourteen children born to Thomas and Mary Wishart and had worked as a carter before enlisting. His younger brother William also served in the military in WW1 – initially with the Queen’s Own Glasgow Yeomanry and then the Royal Air Force. The family form part of tree WIS00136.