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12056 L/Cpl Robert Alexander Wishart spends the day in the trenches at Neuve Chapelle with the 1st Highland Light Infantry where they improve and consolidate their position. The battalion and Neuve Chapelle are heavily shelled all day causing fifty NCOs and men to be either killed or wounded. During the evening the Highlanders took over the trenches held by the 2nd/3rd Gurkhas. Two companies of the 4th King’s Regiment were placed at the disposal of the CO to bring the numbers up to what was necessary to hold the line.

The 1st Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) including privates 3/4067 Robert Wishart, 7397 George Wishart and 2338 Andrew Wishart are reposted to the brigade reserve in Le Touret.

Another tough day for the 1st Seaforths and 677 Pte. Henry Gray Wishart with enemy artillery active throughout. The battalion are eventually relieved in the line, but not before a rumoured German attack almost stopped them getting away, and they march to billets in Vieille Chapelle where they arrive at 3:30am the next day.

The Royal Scots Greys (including 6391 Pte. John Wishart) leave Estaires and move (via Merville) to billets in Vierhouck, arriving at 5:30pm. The weather today is described as being ‘sunny’ in the battalion war diary.

Privates 27972 George Rodger Wishart and 27414 James Wishart of the 15th Battalion, CEF parade at 6:30am in full marching order with one day’s rations. During the evening they relieve the 14th Battalion, CEF in the trenches at Rue du Quesne opposite the Prussians.


9214 Sgt. William Graham Wishart arrives with the 1st Royal Scots during the afternoon with a draft of 86 other men. The remain in Dickebush and don’t immediately join the battalion in the line.  85 Sgt. Gordon Wishart of the 9th Royal Scots also finds himself in the same area as William.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]