Andrew Murray Wishart was the second of seven children of a farmer named George Robert Wishart, and his wife, Caroline Forbister. He was born on 14 June 1880 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and when old enough worked on his father’s farm. Andrew’s mother died when he was 19, and almost ten years later he married Beatrice Winnifred McNichol in Grandview, Manitoba with ten children born of the marriage between 1910 and 1925.
On 29 February 1916, Andrew signed attestation forms in Winnipeg and was passed fit for overseas service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. At the time he was almost 36-years-old; however, he gave his age as 33 to the attesting officer.
Following his enlistment, Andrew does not appear to have been called up for active service and spent the war living with his family in Russell.
In World War Two his son, Henry was killed in action during the D-Day landings, and Andrew would eventually outlive around half his children. He died in Winnipeg on 20 November 1982.