Sergeant James Wishart was born on 26 June 1890 at Boreland Farm in Dysart, Fife. He was the son of Peter Wishart, a Farm Servant from Cults and Elizabeth Lumsden. One year after James’ birth the family were living at Wellsgreen Farm in Wemyss and ten years later at Duddingston Farm in the parish of Abercorn, West Lothian. When the war started the Wishart family were living on Salisbury Street in Edinburgh. James had been serving with the Edinburgh City Police.


His siblings were Elizabeth, Jessie, Alexander, Rachel, John, Peter and Andrew.


He enlisted at Edinburgh and died of wounds on 29 June 1917, age 27.


In October 1914, he enlisted with the 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders in Edinburgh (as Corporal) and entered the war in France and Flanders on 9 July 1915. Between 1915 and 1917 James was promoted to Sergeant and died of wounds on the 29 June 1917 having been hit by shrapnel from a shell whilst attending to wounded men on the battlefield.


He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaandeen, Belgium, and is commemorated in the Edinburgh Corporation Roll of Honour.


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