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France & Flanders

Killed in action near Ypres is 11770 Pte. George Wishart of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. George had arrived in France six months previously and Capt. W. Gillieson wrote of George’s death:

He and two others offered to undertake the particularly dangerous duty of going out in front of our first line into a listening post about half-way between us and the enemy. It was a post which had been occupied with safety on several previous occasions, but the enemy had evidentally seen and marked it, and this night on which your son went to it, it was found by the little party of three to be in the occupation of the enemy. At once the enemy opened fire on them, and of the three two were killed outright and one received seven wounds. The following night two of our men went out and brought in your son’s body, and I buried it. Your son and his comrade were both buried in the same grave. We shall sorely miss your boy. He was a brave, good soldier, who always did his duty, and did it in a thorough, capable and cheerful fashion.

He was born in Kenmay on 23 March 1893 and had been working as a watchmaker when war broke out. George is part of Wishart Tree 038 and buried in Plot B.22 of the Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery.