WEIR, James Benjamin
(Service number 14172)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||12 December 1893||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. WEIR (mother), Washdyke, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||5th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company|
|Date||26 June 1916|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Devonport, England|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
January 1917 dangerously ill but improving. July 1917 returning to New Zealand soon; 'wounds all healed now'.
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of William & Martha Frances (nee FOX) WEIR. Brother Francis was killed in action in 1918 at the Somme. Brother Thomas William WEIR also served in WWI. Educated at Purakanui & Waimataitai Schools. Died December 1951. Extracts from letters home of Jim & Bill reprinted in Timaru Herald, 12 January 1917. Extract from letter home from hospital reprinted in Timaru Herald, 16 July 1917. [See Bio.]. Arriving home from the front on 27 September 1917, by express train from Lyttelton (after hospitalisation for wounds)
Cenotaph Database [7 November 2013]; TDC burial record, Timaru Cemetery [11 November 2013]; NZ BDM historical records [11 November 2013]. Timaru Herald, 2 January 1917, 12 January 1917, 16 July 1917, 17 September 1917, 27 September 1917 & 28 September 1917 (Papers Past) [11 November 2013].
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