62721 Pte. Francis Henry Wishart (1900 – 1931)

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Francis Henry Wishart was born on 27 May 1900 in Bermondsey, London the second of eleven children of a local soap boiler named Charles Edwin Wishart, and his wife Ellen Jane Morris. By 1901 the family had moved to 61 Berthon Street in Deptford and then 30 Bronze Street eight years later.

In 1912 the Wisharts were on the move again and took up residence at 6 Henrietta Street. Two years later young Francis began working as a soap factory labourer and on 14 June 1918, at the age of eighteen, he was conscripted into the Army at Whitehall, London. His older brother Charles signed up in August 1914 and had something of a chequered military career before being invalided home in 1916. Francis was called up for active service on 2 July and posted to the 53rd (Young Soldier) Battalion, Rifle Brigade which was a basic recruit training unit stationed at Northampton. Two weeks later he transferred into the 52nd (Graduated) Battalion and would have spent the remainder of the war of home defence duties.

On 1 February 1919, Francis was taken on strength of the 5th (Reserve) Battalion and eventually demobilised from the 2nd Battalion on 13 December. In 1926 he married Lydia Kate Hornsby in Greenwich with a daughter named Joan born the following year. The couple lived with their daughter at 51 Dacca Street in Greenwich where Francis died during February 1931.

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