K49030 Sto. George Wishart (1900 – 1958)

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George Wishart was born on 10 February 1900 at 9 Meadowbank Place in Edinburgh. He was the eldest of three children of a quarryman from Cramond named John Wishart and his wife, Ann Young Taylor. George’s father had been married before and consequently, he had seven half-siblings although only six were still alive at the time of his birth. After leaving school George found work as a coal carter and he enlisted with the Royal Navy the day after his eighteenth birthday. Stoker 2nd class was sent to Chatham and eventually joined the crew of HMS Lord Clive – the lead ship of the British Lord Clive-class monitors. At the time George arrived, she was acting as guardship at Yarmouth before moving to Portsmouth in August to have a new 18-inch gun fitted. It appears that the Lord Clive would only fire her guns in anger while George was part of the crew before the end of the war and in 1919 he was transferred to HMS Bacchante and eventually demobilised on 31 July. A year later, on 23 December 1920, George married a Margaret Inglis in Edinburgh and lived with her at 198 Causewayside in the Newington district. Seven children were born between 1922 and 1931 however, tragically two (twins) died in infancy, and another before he was nine.

After the war, George held a number of jobs including vanman and brewery labourer and he died at the Western General Hospital on 21 February 1958.

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