George Wishart was born on 7 July 1878 in Arbroath. He was the eldest of six children of John Tarbat Wishart, a master mariner from Dunnichen, and his wife, Helen Clownas Dorward. At the time of the 1891 census, George was visiting with his mother and sister Jessie (who was a baby) a Margaret Gunson at 51 Windsor Street in Toxteth Park, Liverpool. After leaving school George trained as a clerk and served as a part-time soldier with the 1st Forfar Volunteer Artillery. On 1 February 1899, he visited the Army recruiting office in Arbroath and joined the Royal Engineers. Over the next fifteen years, George served in Jamaica (1903 – 906), Sierra Leone (1909 – 1910) and Hong Kong (1913 – 1915.) While on home service between 1906 and 1909 he was based for a spell with a section of the RE Coast Brigade in Middlesborough. During this period George met a lass from Darlington named Alice Mary Moutrey and married her in her hometown on 21 December 1908. Two children were born there before George set off for Hong Kong on 25 September 1913. Alice was pregnant with their third child and travelled with her husband – giving birth four months later.
The family returned to England in 1915 – arriving in London on 14 July onboard the RMS Moldavia – a passenger liner that would eventually be sunk by a German U-Boat three years later. George spent the remainder of the war on home service and was discharged from duty on 28 February 1920 having served 21 years in the military and attaining the rank of quartermaster sergeant.
He lived the rest of his life with Alice in Darlington and worked as an Army clerk until retirement. George died at Darlington’s Memorial Hospital on 9 September 1959, at the time he had been living at 13 Anns Terrace.