Alan Mostyn Wishart was born in Adelaide in 1887, and the second of five children of Benjamin and Ellen Wishart. His father’s family were from Fife and had left Scotland for Australia in 1850, where they settled north of Adelaide in the Barossa Valley. Before the war, Alan worked as a shipping clerk and married Mona Goers in June 1915.
He enlisted in Adelaide in October 1916 and sailed for England at the start of 1917 – eventually joining the Australian Imperial Force in France at the end of July. He was posted to the 50th Battalion in the field during August and was wounded on two separate occasions whilst at the Front, but eventually made it home to Australia in early 1919.
After the war, Alan and Mona adopted a son and he worked as a clerk until his death in Cottesloe, Western Australia in 1949. He was the second cousin of Albert Barr Wishart.