91507 Pte. George Alexander Wishart (1897 – 1954)

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George Alexander Wishart was born on 4 March 1897 in Auburn, New South Wales, the third of four children of Alexander Wishart, an iron turner from Lasswade, and his wife, Ellen Baker. At the start of the Great War, the family were living on Carnarvon Street, and by 1918 George had been working as an engineer having served five years apprenticeship with Robertson & Wishart Ltd boxmakers and printers (his father’s company.)

On 23 June 1918 George visited the Central Enlisting Depot at Hyde Park, Sydney and joined the Australian Imperial Force. On his attestation papers, George informed that he had spent time with a signal company of the Colonial Forces; however, further details of this appointment are currently unknown. Despite suffering from rheumatism George’s application was provisionally accepted and held on the register of General Service Reinforcements (Engineers.) Little else is known about George’s military career other than that he passed a riding test during July 1918 and was eventually demobilised on 18 November 1918.

George married Pearl Ireland in 1928, and two children were born of the marriage. He lived in Auburn until his death at 73 Beaconsfield Street on 23 December 1954.

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