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United Kingdom

Ten minutes to five o’clock in the afternoon at 14 Elder Park Street in the Govan district of Glasgow, an engine fitter named George Wishart and his wife Mary Lang become parents to a son and name him John. The family are part of tree WIS0145.

The same day in Glasgow a cook named Henry Wishart visits the recruiting office and signs up with the Royal Engineers. He is assigned to the Inland Waterways Transport Department and based in Lanarkshire for much of the war. Afterwards in 1920 he joined the crew of the SS Tunisian – gaining employment as a Cook’s Mate. Tragically, a year later on the 10 September 1921 he was found floating in the water whilst the ship was moored in Montreal Outer Harbour. The cause of death was recorded as ‘supposed drowning’. The Montreal Gazette of 12 September 1921 reported Henry’s death as such:

The body of Henry Wisheart (sic), an assistant cook on board the steamship Tunisian, who is believed to have drowned on Wednesday night last was recovered from the harbor at 10:00 o’clock on Saturday morning. When the tugs came to the ?? to ?? ?? the stream. Wisheart had complained of not being well last Wednesday and left his bunk to go on deck. He was not seen after that and it is believed that he fell overboard. The liner was scheduled to leave at 11 o’clock and Investigator Pusie went down to secure the details before the steamer left the dock. He found from Nil Gilbrath, bunk companion of Wisheart, that the latter had gone up on deck on Wednesday night last, saying he felt ill. He had not seen him since. The officers of the ship gave the information as to the findings of the body when the tugs came to two the liner away. An inquest will be held this morning by Coroner McMahon.

Henry was married with two children (a son and daughter) and is part of tree WIS0050.