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2790 Cpl JD Weir MGCHB C Bn Tank Corps KIA22/4/1917


17tankman

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Hi can any tankers help me on this one

Medals have surfaced on Cpl James Dundas Weir who was 2790 HBMGC and then became 206137 Tank Corps. He was killed in action on 22nd April 1917 in 9 Coy C Bn Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch).

Has anybody got any info on him that would help

17TankMan

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Mornung Tankman

Your fella according to the Honour and Awards book only states his service number which is 206127 and he came from Leith which I think is in Scotland.Thats all Ive got.

Regards Andy

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He's not listed in the original C Coy men but he must have been an original judging from the Servcie Number

Will do some digging

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Maybe him

Name: James D Weir

Age: 6

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895

Relationship: Son

Father's Name: James J

Mother's Name: Sarah

Gender: Male

Where born: Edinburgh

Registration Number: 692/1

Registration district: Leith North

Civil Parish: Leith North

Town: Leith

County: Midlothian

Address: Granton Rd St Serfs

Occupation: Scholar

ED: 24

Household schedule number: 157

Line: 24

Roll: CSSCT1901_398

Household Members:

Name Age

Isabella Charles 18

Elizabeth Reid 23

Dorothy S Weir 1

Henrietta MA Weir 2 mo

James D Weir 6

James J Weir 52

Norah E Weir 4

Sarah Weir 47

Sarah L Weir 8

Mel

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SDGW gives following further details - born Leith enlisted Edinburgh

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Ok I'm going to start a hare running with this but...

given his number then he was possibly one of the 25 NCO and soldeirs who traveled to France with C Coy who details are not known OR a reinforcement from one of the other companies sent out from England in Oct 1916

On..... on.....

S

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Delta

I noticed the nice low MGCHB number and the book Tanks at Fler shows similar numbers in C Btn being at the battle. Presumably no way of knowing if he was there or came out later apart from service records which have not found. Would the Tank Museum have any records on him - I am going to send email to see if it brings anything to light.

Thks everybody

for your help

17Tankman

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Have spent some time trying to track down the first tank crews - hence my interest earlier.

If he was listed anywhere at Bovington, Trevor Pidgeon would almost certainly have found it.

I can't recall him listed in the Coy / Bn archive box, which is where the Musuem would look, but as I am there tomorrow, I will have another check

Stephen

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Hi

With a number of 2790, before being in the Heavy Branch of the Machine Gun Corps he would have originally been in the Motor Machine Gun Service ( Royal Artillery).

Steve

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  • 11 years later...

17tankman

 

Simon

 

I think I may have solved it from the date of his will form (see below).

On 18 Sep 1916, two sections of B Company deployed via Folkestone to France to serve as battle casualty replacements.

We have the name of those who were attached to D Company thanks to Graham Woods' notebook but we don't know the names of those who reinforced C Company.

It would make sense that Weir signed his will on 17 Sep just before he deployed; it also makes sense that he served on with C Battalion when it formed in Dec 1916 but I can't prove it.  

  

 

Will form.jpg

And here is his photo from the George Heriot's School book of honour. 

 

Image from Heriot book.jpg

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43 minutes ago, delta said:

but we don't know the names of those who reinforced C Company.

It would make sense that Weir signed his will on 17 Sep just before he deployed; it also makes sense that he served on with C Battalion when it formed in Dec 1916 but I can't prove it.  

I`d say that was pretty conclusive.

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I am adding him as a "probable" to my list of FTC fatalities and will remember him on 22 Apr 

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1 hour ago, delta said:

I am adding him as a "probable" to my list of FTC fatalities and will remember him on 22 Apr 

 

We remember him still. Well done Stephen - another result! And thanks to Tankman for starting the ball rolling.

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His biography from James Heriot School Roll of Honour

 

 

Heriot roll of honour.jpg

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