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In Winnipeg a railroad fireman named James Alexander Pirrie Wishart enlists in the Canadian army. He is considered fit for overseas service and is sent for training. Like many Wisharts enlisting in the Canadian army, James was born in Scotland and was the son of a brewery labourer from Aberdeenshire.
In Southampton the SS Tintoretto steams out of the harbour for Le Havre. On board are the 1st/7th Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) who form part of the 10th Brigade, 4th Division. Amongst their ranks is 1299 Pte. Alexander Wishart – a pit worker from Leslie in Fife.
A quiet day in the trenches at Festubert for the 1st Highland Light Infantry was interrupted by an attempt by two officers and ten men to retake a sap lost by the Ghurka Rifles the previous night. The attack failed owing to a bomb falling amongst them and wounding several men. Whether 10046 Pte. J Wishart and 12056 L/Cpl. R Wishart were involved is unknown, although it seems unlikely due to the number of casualties sustained.
In the same sector the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (which includes 677 Pte. Henry Gray Wishart) take over the trenches from the 1st/9th Ghurkas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]