Weir, John (No. 18/663)

Weir, John

Rifleman

No. 18/663, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 26)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark)

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that John Weir was born in Newtownards.

John Weir was born around 1889/1890 and he was a son of James and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Weir (nee Clarke) who were married around 1887/1888.

The Weir family lived in Castle Street, Bangor and then in Newtownards, in Church Terrace, George’s Street, Mill Street and Movilla Street, Newtownards.

James Weir worked as a general labourer and he and Elizabeth had at least eight children including:

John (born around 1889/1890)

Mary (born 17 March 1895 in Castle Street, Bangor)

Elizabeth Kerr (born 22 December 1897 in Church Terrace, Newtownards)

Isabella Watson (born 25 July 1900 in George’s Street, Newtownards)

Ellen (born 28 October 1902 in George’s Street, Newtownards)

Thomas (born 22 April 1905 in George’s Street, Newtownards)

David James (born 9 October 1907 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, John Weir worked as a general labourer, he was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force and he and his wife Mary Ann lived at 65 Mill Street, Newtownards.

John Weir and Mary Ann Lowry were married on 15 May 1914 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark).  Mary Ann Lowry was a daughter of John Lowry, a labourer.

John and Mary Ann Weir (nee Lowry) had two children:

Mary Elizabeth (born 12 June 1914 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

John (born 22 July 1916, three weeks after his father was killed in action)

John Weir enlisted in Newtownards, served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Rifleman John Weir has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark).