WEIR, Thomas William
(Service number 14179)

Aliases William; Bill
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 9 July 1891 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Jockey
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

Post-war Occupations

Jockey; linen flax employee, labourer


Date 15 November 1963 Age 72 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 121, Plot 14
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 James Benjamin WEIR also served in WWI. Thomas & James enlisted & embarked together. Educated at Waimataitat School. Extracts from letters home of Bill & James reprinted in Timaru Herald, 12 January 1917 - '[Rats] are almost as big as dogs' 'I wish I could get home to spend Christmas with you'. [See Bio.] Bill & Jim were together in the trenches. Returning home on the Hororata, due in Wellington on the 13 March 1919. Thomas returned home on Draft No. 221 on the Horarata which was due in Wellington on the 13 March 1919. RE-DO 9/9/14


Cenotaph Database [11 November 2013]; TDC headstone image, Timaru Cemetery [11 November]; NZ BDM historical records (DiA) [11 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 05 March 1919 (Papers Past) [11 November 2013]

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