Robson Wishart was born on 21 February 1898 at 40 Grangeville, a terraced house in Pelton, County Durham. He was the son of a local miner named Septimus Wishart, and his wife, Jane Ann Sadler. In 1901, when Robson was three, he was living with his parents and younger sister Elizabeth at 24 Black Horse Fen in the hamlet of High Hold. Seven more siblings were born over the next ten years, and in 1911 the family were living at Middle Hold in Beamish.
It’s unknown when Robson enlisted; however 76246 Pte. R Wishart first joined the West Yorkshire Regiment before being transferred at some point to the 5th King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry.) Unfortunately, none of Robson’s service papers have survived; however, it has been recorded that he died on 20 September 1918 of wounds that were possibly received at the Battle of Havrincourt on 12 September.
Robson’s very brief will stated that anything he owned was to be given to his mother. He was buried in Lowrie Cemetery (Grave Ref: C. 27.) in Havrincourt.