Henry Murray Wishart

Rifleman Henry Murray Wishart, H41217
Russel, Manitoba 
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles 

Rifleman Wishart is sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 19, The Pas, Manitoba.
Rifleman Wishart était parrainé par Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 19, The Pas, Manitoba.

Henry Murray Wishart was born on 6  April 1913 in Russell, Manitoba. Russell is located near the borders of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Henry was the second son of Beatrice and Andrew Wishart, he had eight siblings. Letters found in his file suggest that his brother, George, was also enlisted; but no evidence towards this could be found. His family was Methodist.

Henry went to primary school until the age of eleven, or grade 5/6, and then dropped out to work as a laborer on a farm. As far as his military service files show he stayed as a laborer until the time of enlistment. He was not married. He enlisted in the Canadian Military in 1940, at the age of 27, in Brandon, Manitoba.

Henry Murray was 5’8” and 146 pounds at the time of enlistment. He had blue eyes and fair complexion. He had perfect 20/20 vision in both eyes. He had no known illnesses or diseases at the time of enlistment.

Henry Murray Wishart enlisted in the Canadian military on 25 June 1940 in Brandon, Manitoba. He was assigned to the Royal Winnipeg Rifles as a rifleman. He began training immediately and had no issues until 8 August, when he was away without leave and forfeited one day’s pay. He then continued training for the next four months (August to December). On 30 December Henry received 20 days holiday. After returning to work Henry trained until 7 July 1941 when he received embarkation leave.

On 28 August  Henry embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on route to the United Kingdoms. On 13 September he landed in Liverpool as part of the Canadian Army Overseas. Upon landing he received 5 days leave to adjust himself to the time difference.

On 11 November 1941 he received 7 days privilege leave (until 18 November). When he returns he resumed his training.

In March 1942 Henry is allowed 2 days leave. He is gone from 16 March until 22 March of the same month. Again, he resumed his training for many months.

On 25 June  Henry was awarded one Good Conduct Badge. A good conduct badge is awarded to a soldier who has served a certain amount of years in the military; in Mr. Wishart’s case he received his for 2 years’ service. The good conduct badge dates back to the First World War and are worn by soldiers in the Canadian Army below the rank of Corporal. Chevrons are given after 2 years, 5 years, 12 years, 23 years and 28 years, one chevron added each time. The chevron is worn at the bottom of the left sleeve.

Shortly after receiving his award Henry received yet another privilege leave, this time from 30 June to 7 July 1942. Upon returning he resumed military training.

In October of the same year Henry was admitted to the Field Ambulance twice, for unknown reasons (see medical records). He then went on leave from 28 October until 4 November.

When he returned from his leave he began training again, but was admitted back to the Field Hospital on 17 December until the 21.

At the beginning on 1943 Henry was granted a ten cents raise. He was now getting paid $1.50 a day. He then took 9 days privileged leave. He left on 12 January and returned on the 21st. Like all his other excursions there are no records of what happened while he was away. When he returned he began his training once again.

Sometime between that January and June 1944 (no date is given) Henry Wishart received The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp is awarded to any member of any rank in the naval, air and military force who had voluntarily joined and served at least eighteen months.

On 6 June 1944 Henry Murray Wishart went off to battle on Juno Beach. He was wounded in battle, but survived for two days on whatever medical assistance could be provided. Henry Wishart died of his wounds on 8 June 1944.

Henry Murray Wishart is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery. Beny-sur-Mer is located on the coast of Normandy, France. He is buried in grave 11, row E, plot five. The cemetery contains 2,048 Second World War burials, the majority being Canadian. His next of kin was his mother, Beatrice Wishart. He was 31 at the time of his death. She was the recipient of his medals and will. The casualties for this day from the R.W.R. exceeded 130.

Written by: A student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par : Un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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