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14702 Pte. Joseph Pattison Wishart enlists in Leeds and subsequently joins the 12th (Service) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Sister nurse Ann Mitchell Wishart joins the Territorial Force Nursing Service and is posted to No.4 London General Hospital, RAMCT.


8394 Pte. John Waddie Wishart of C Company, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borders moves off at 8 a.m. along a road towards the cross roads 1/4 mile south of Vendresse where he remains for about half an hour before receiving orders to reinforce the left flank of the Vendresse ridge and higher ground, where they take up a position in wood on the south-west corner.  The morning is wet and misty, and with shrapnel and rifle fire raining down, the battalion await further orders to move. Eventually orders come through for the battalion to attack the ridge about 3/4 mile north of Chivy. C Company are the first to make the assault and advance towards a mass of Germans, opening up on them at 1,800 yards causing a great deal of casualties. After holding off the German advance, John’s company take up a position on a spur along the Beaulne-Chivy Road and continue firing from this point for a further eight hours. After dark the battalion are ordered to advance to the Chemin des Dames ridge where they again come under heavy enemy fire. John’s company position themselves about 500 yards south of the Chemins des Dames and entrench their position.

56591 Gnr. George Greig Wishart also crosses the River Aisne at Bourg with the 56th Battery, Royal Field Artillery and sees action at Verneuil. The battery come under heavy fire causing a number of casualties (1 officer and 6 men killed, and 1 officer and 6 men wounded.) The German artillery had been firing from a higher position and thus concealed from the British guns which were easily spotted as they moved about the valley of the Aisne.

7322 Gnr. Joseph Wishart, 6th DAC arrives in Boissy by train late in the afternoon and marches to billets there.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]