France & Flanders

Dying from the effects of gas poisoning sustained in the field during November is L/29879 Sgt. Robert Wishart of the 150th Brigade, RFA. Robert was born on 19 April 1886 in the Feus of Cauldhame near Luthermuir, Kincardineshire – the third of three children of David Wishart, a local slater, and his wife, Helen Collie. He also had five half-siblings from his father’s previous marriage. Before the war, Robert moved to London where he joined the Metropolitan Police and married in West Ham during 1913.

In 1916 Robert was at the Battle of the Somme and was awarded the Military Medal in 1917 for his actions at the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele.) He died in hospital and was buried in the Dozinghem Military Cemetery,  Poperinge, Belgium. He left behind his wife and four children and is part of tree WIS0072.