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Enlisting in County Durham today is 6/4980 Pte. John George Wishart of the 6th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. John was born in Chester-Le-Street during 1893 and is part of Wishart Tree 031.
France & Flanders
Whilst working under a wall between Ypres and Poperinge, 7322 Gnr. Joseph Wishart of the 6th Divisional Ammunition Column, RFA, was buried alive when a shell exploded above, causing the wall to collapse. Still conscious, he was eventually dragged out from under the rubble, but died later that day in a dressing station from his wounds. His commanding officer, Major A. S. Barnwall, wrote that Joseph was “an honest, hard-working man, always cheery and bright, and beloved by his comrades.” He was part of the original BEF and had been in France since early September 1914.
Joseph was born in Peterhead during 1891 and is part of Wishart Tree 076. His body was buried in the Hop Store Cemetery, west of Ypres.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]