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United Kingdom

In Kinghorn, Fife, a coal miner from St. Andrews named James Wishart enlists with the 7th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch.)


The following entry in the appendix of the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers war diary gives a descriptive account of the sights and sounds that 8394 Pte. John Waddie Wishart experienced on this day.

Battle of the Marne. Push off again to take the Bridge at NOGENT, which after some delay we find to be unoccupied by the enemy. Our cavalry, which has already crossed, is fired on by the R.A. – silly asses. It is quite obvious that they are not the enemy. Advance again North. Sound of large battle on our left, i.e. West. We find 18 Cavalry wounded by our guns. The officer of the R.A. responsible, ought to be shot in my opinion. We move North and still North and finally bivouac at LE THOULET (sic). All the villages are broken and signs of retreating are met with everywhere. Dead horses, graves, etc., etc. Nasty sights. An occasional hole where a shell has dropped with perhaps some blood about it. Ugh! There is a certain amount of fighting with our advance guards and the Germans, and we see ambulances coming back full of wounded. However, on is accustomed to such sights.

56591 Gnr. George Greig Wishart, 56th Battery, RFA crossed the River Marne during late afternoon and reached Domptin mid-evening where he bivouacked for the night.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]