WEIR, James Benjamin
(Service number 14172)

Aliases Jim
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 12 December 1893 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Slaughterman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs M. WEIR (mother), Washdyke, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

January 1917 dangerously ill but improving. July 1917 returning to New Zealand soon; 'wounds all healed now'.

Post-war Occupations



Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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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