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10348   Private William James Weir
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 16/12/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/12/1890
Died: 26/04/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
James Weir was the eldest son of James and Margaret Weir. William James Weir was born on 10th December 1890 in Moneymore. He was one of six children. The family lived near Swatragh. James Weir enlisted in Glasgow where he was living at the time. Private James Weir was serving with 1st Battalion of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers when he was killed in action on 26th April 1915 at Gallipoli.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  Cape Helles, Gallipoli
Grave Ref: Panel 84-92 or 220-222
CWGC Casualty 684195
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 43
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1 1901 Census lists Weir family 1901 census lists William J as age 10 living with the family at house 18 in Ballynian, Grove, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Weir family 1911 census does not list William James as living with the family at house 1 in Craigavole, The Grove, Londonderry
3 Garvagh and Aghadowey 1914-1918 Brief details confirming William James is brother of Edward
4 Magherafelt War Dead Private Edward Alexander Weir, brother of William James Weir
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private William James Weir
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023