Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Perth
- Service no: 3/3007
- Rank: Lance Corporal
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 33
- Date of Death: 09.05.1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 24 to 26
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 186 Blackness Road, Dundee
- Occupation: Tram Conductor, Dundee Corporation
Joseph Weir, 186 Blackness Rd, Dundee
More about John Weir
John has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial. Next of kin listed as Elizabeth Allen (Aunt) 186 Blackness Rd, Dundee.
John Weir 3/3007 Black Watch
WELL-KNOWN TRAMWAY EMPLOYEE WOUNDED.
Corporal John Weir, a well-known employee of the Dundee Corporation Tramways, has been wounded. Corporal Weir belongs to the 1st Black Watch, and was put out of action on 9th May. A report had gained currency that Corporal Weir had been killed, but on Saturday his Aunt, Miss M. Weir, 186 Blackness Road, received intimation that he had been wounded. Corporal Weir had served in the South African campaign, and had completed his term with the reserve, but when the present war broke out, he left his occupation as a tramway conductor and volunteered for service. Through the courtesy and fact with which he discharged his duties, Corporal Weir was highly respected by the travellers on the Downfield tramway route.
Dundee Courier 7th June 1915
DUNDEE TRAMWAY CONDUCTOR
IS NOW OFFICIALLY REPORTED KILLED.
Official intimation has now been received of the death of Corporal John Weir, 1st Black Watch, a well-known employee of the Dundee Corporation Tramways. Information came to his Aunt, Miss M. Weir, 186 Blackness Road, that he had been wounded in the severe fighting of 9th May. His brother however, received news from several comrades to the effect that the corporal had been killed in action on that date. This news has now been confirmed by the authorities.
Deceased, who was a tramway conductor, had served in the South African campaign, and had completed his term with the reserve, but on the outbreak of war he again volunteered for service. On the Downfield tramway route he was greatly respected by the passengers, and was a most courteous and obliging official.
Dundee Courier 19th June 1915
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