James Alexander Weir

First Name: 
James
Middle Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Weir
Mother's Name: 
Eliza Weir nee Walsh
Father's Name: 
James Weir
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, July 24, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
31st Battalon
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, September 27, 1917
Place of Death: 
Polygon Wood, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

James Weir (Service No 4146) was born in Albion Park, N.S.W. around 1889 and attended Foxground Public School.

When James enlisted in Brisbane at the age of 28, he was single and employed as a storeman.

He embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A36 Boonah with 10th reinforcements, 31st Battalion, on 21st October 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 10th January 1917, and after training James joined 10 Platoon, C Company, 31st Battalion in France on 12th April 1917.

James served on the Western Front as a Lewis Gunner for his Company.  At about 10am on 27th September 1917, while fighting for Polygon Wood, in Flanders, Belgium, James was moving from shell hole to shell hole when a shell exploded and he was killed.

James is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium: Plot LX, Row K, Grave 18.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WEIR JAMES ALEXANDER

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