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10496 Pte. David Smith Wishart enlists in Glasgow with the Scots Guards. The Dumbarton steel worker is discharged eleven days later as being considered not likely to become an efficient soldier. The reasons given are his age (42) and the fact he has a total absence of teeth!

Pte. Hugh Wishart rejoins the colours in Belfast and is posted to the 6th (Service) Battalion , Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.


As dawn breaks Pte. John Waddie Wishart and the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers march towards Ormeaux. It is another hot day and the march takes its toll on several men, who fall out, and are presumed to have been captured by the advancing German army. Although there is no sign of the enemy, nerves are on a knife edge and the physical strain is palpable. At 3 pm the battalion arrived at Rozoy where orders to continue the retirement the following day are received. However, later in the afternoon those orders are cancelled and the battalion are ordered to assume the offensive which, according to the war diary, is received as welcome news. John spends another night bivouacked in a stubble field with his unit, perhaps full of nervous anticipation about how events will unfurl over the following days.

Gnr. George Greig Wishart finds himself in Chateau-le-Vivier with the 56th Battery, Royal Field Artillery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]