Norman John Weir

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Norman John Weir
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1890
Place of Birth Milparinka, New South Wales
Death 16 Sep 1955, aged 65
Place of Death Riverton, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 26 years, 2 months
Description 5'5½" (1.66m) tall ; 125 lbs
56.699 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair ; tattoos on left forearm
Occupation Linesman
Religion Roman Catholic
Address River avenue, Maddington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Annie Cosh
Military Information
Reg Number [ 6106]
Date of Enlistment 22 Mar 1916
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement transferred to Signals
Date of Embarkation 7 Aug 1916 ‒ 25 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades Fremantle to
Date of Return 18 Jul 1919 ‒ 29 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On HMT Takada
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entry: 1913 - 1916 at 33 Packenham street, East Perth, mechanic

War Service

Norm entered the Blackboy Hill camp on 22 Mar 19016, and on 12 Apr 1916 he was allocated to the 19th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. He trained with them and shipped out to England, where on arrival he was sent to the 4th Training Battalion at Codford. He was made a member of the permanent Cadre of the 4th Training Battalion.

On 4 Nov 1916 he was charged with overstaying leave from Reveille 23 Oct 1916 until reporting at 5:00pm 26 Oct 1916. Awarded 3 days Confined to Camp and forfeited 4 days pay. He was soon forgiven as he was made an Acting Corporal from 1 Dec 1916, and then on 24 Jan 1917 his rank was confirmed. Trouble revisited with a charge on 13 Aug 1917 that on 7 Aug 1917 he had neglected to obey an order. Penalty was a reprimand. Soon after on 6 Sep 1917 he was sent to Parkhouse to undergo a test for suitability for transfer to the Signals branch of the Engineers.

Norm had completed his tests by 20 Sep 1917 and found suitable, so he was transferred to the Engineers' Signal Training Depot in Sheffard north of London near Cambridge. Here, at his own request he reverted to the rank of Sapper, and on 4 Dec 1917 he proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone and entered the Engineers Depot at Abbeville. Sent to join the 1st Division Signal Company, he was taken on strength by them on 28 Dec 1917.

Transferred on 20 Mar 1918 to the 1st Division Motor Transport Company and appointed Driver on 30 Mar 1918. On 23 May 1918 he needed medical attention for Seborrhoea. Seen by the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 23 May 1918 he was transferred to the 25th General Hospital in Boulogne on 25 May 1918 before being released on 8 Jun 1918 to St Martins Camp, and then on 11 Jun 1918 to duty. He was able to rejoin his unit on 24 Jun 1918.

On 13 Oct 1918 Norm was attached to the 1st Division Headquarters, before going to the UK on leave from 11 Dec 1918, rejoining 1st Division headquarters in France on 2 Jan 1919. He remained with them until it was his turn to return to Australia (Quota 58) when he travelled back to England on 4 Jun 1919.

Norm was discharged by the 5th Military District on 13 Oct 1919

Post War

During 1926 Norman married Ruby Billings.

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at River road, Maddington, civil servant; 1931 with Ruby at 109 Kimberley street, Balkatta; 1937 at 104 Tait street, Leederville; 1943 - 1953 at 33 Waugh street, Balkatta, telephone linesman; 1954 Mosaic street, Riverton.


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