WEIR, Francis 
(Service number 34762)

Aliases Frank
First Rank Private Last Rank Rifleman


Date 12 July 1896 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date 4 July 1916 Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs W. WEIR (mother), Meadow Settlement, Washdyke, South Canterbury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 20th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Somme
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

Wounded on 12 September 1917.

Post-war Occupations


Date 21 April 1918 Age 21 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Killed in action - hit on the head by a shell as he was getting out of a trench.
Notices Timaru Herald, 24 May 1918
Memorial or Cemetery Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
Memorial Reference E. 8.
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Washdyke War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of William & Martha Frances (nee FOX) WEIR. Brothers Thomas William & James Benjamin WEIR also served in WWI. Educated at St Leonards Dunedin, North East Valley Dunedin, Purakanui & Waimataitat Schools. Extracts from letters home reprinted in the Timaru Herald, 16 July 1917. Letter home from France reprinted in Timaru Herald, 13 August 1917. [See Bio.]


Cenotaph Database [07 November 2013]; CWGC [07 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 05 July 1916, 16 July 1917, 13 August 1917, 26 September 1917, 27 September 1917, 9 May 1918 & 24 May 1918, Otago Daily Times, 26 September 1917, 21 June 1918 (Papers Past) [11 November 2013]; NZ BDM historical records (DiA) [11 November 2013]

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