T/419654 Pte. Edward Wishart (1882 – 1938)
Edward Wishart was born during 1882 in North Kensington, London. He was the sixth of seven children of John Wishart, a harness maker from Kennoway, and his wife, Elizabeth Bewley. In 1891, when Edward was nine, his father died and his mother eventually took her children to live in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. His first job after leaving school was as a fitter’s labourer and on 8 February 1903 at the local parish church, Edward married the daughter of a local painter named Harriett Elizabeth Branch. Four children were eventually born of the union (three before the war, one after) and the family lived in a pretty Victorian terraced cottage at 15 Talbot Road.
During the early years of the war, Edward worked as an army equipment maker and was conscripted into the military at Bedford on 23 September 1916. In his medical examination, Edward was recorded as being 5′ 6 3/10″ in height, weighing 160 lbs with a 37″ chest and was eventually called up for active service the following year at Watford on 28 March 1917.
Edward joined the 29th (Works) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment stationed at Thetford in Norfolk, however, in April the unit was transferred to the Labour Corps as the 5th Labour Battalion. On 27 July Edward was sent to the 401st H.S. (Home Service) Employment Company and quite possibly engaged in salvage work before being transferred to the Army Service Corps on 23 February 1918. He worked in the Motor Transport section at Kempton Park in Surrey until demobilisation on 1 August 1919.
After the war, Edward returned to Rickmansworth where he lived until his death in 1938 (Harriet died the same year.)
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