James Wishart

Bank: Royal Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Buckhaven branch

Died: 25 April 1943


James Neilson Wishart was born on 30 August 1911, the son of David and Margaret L Neilson Wishart of Kirkcaldy. In April 1927, when he was 15 years old, he went to work for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Kirkcaldy branch. He transferred to the bank's Edinburgh head office in September 1930; back to Kirkcaldy in March 1931; to Leslie in May 1940; and to Buckhaven in July 1941. 


In August 1941 Wishart left the bank to go on war service, and by 1943 he was a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was washed overboard and drowned at sea on 25 April 1943. He was 31 years old and left a widow, Elisa Gregoire, whom he had married in 1940.


James Wishart is commemorated on a bank war memorial at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

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