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Q/Master Serjeant Weir- RGA

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New to the site and need guidance.

Looking for info on Q/M Serjeant Lewis Robert Weir, Service # 88138, from the Royal Garrison Artillery, who died at Maricourt, 23 July 1916 at age 44. He is buried at Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Somme, France. His family was at Prince Rock, Plymouth at the time.

He was my Grandmother's father and I believe he was a career soldier, as my Grandmother was born at Fort Attoch, India in 1901.

Where is the best place to start and are there any books I could read? I am Canadian and not really familiar with the British Military History but I am eager to learn. Have researched 2 great uncles who served in the WW1 with the Canadians Army. I just want them to be remembered.

Thanks Don Brosius

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Check out Ancestry, they have the Medal Index Cards available to view for gratis until the end of the year. Lewis' card can be viewed here: http://interactive.ancestry.com.au/1262/30850_A001648-00254/4921574?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.Ancestry.com.au%2f%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3findiv%3d1%26db%3dmedalrolls%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26MSAV%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dangs-d%26gsfn%3dRobert%2bLewis%26gsln%3dWeir%26gsln_x%3dXO%26msddy%3d1916%26cpxt%3d1%26uidh%3del4%26msddd%3d23%26msddm%3d7%26cp%3d11%26pcat%3d39%26fh%3d0%26h%3d4921574%26recoff%3d9%2b10%2b12%26ml_rpos%3d1&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnRecord. The information contained on the MIC can be interpreted with help from the forum's sister site, The Long, Long Trail: http://www.1914-1918.net. Also available to paid members of Ancestry is the BWM and Victory Medal Roll, http://interactive.ancestry.com.au/5119/41629_636897_10757-00097/62507?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.Ancestry.com.au%2f%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3findiv%3d1%26db%3diwoservicemedalawardrolls%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26MSAV%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dangs-d%26gsfn%3dRobert%2bLewis%26gsln%3dWeir%26gsln_x%3dXO%26msddy%3d1916%26cpxt%3d1%26uidh%3del4%26msddd%3d23%26msddm%3d7%26cp%3d11%26pcat%3d39%26fh%3d1%26h%3d62507%26recoff%3d5%2b6%2b8%26ml_rpos%3d2&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnRecord, which shows that Lewis was a member of the 66th Siege Battery. The Long, Long Trail has some information on siege batteries here: http://www.1914-1918.net/siege-battery-index.htm.

I have conducted a quick search on FindMyPast, and could not find any military record other than those mentioned above on Ancestry. However, the 1911 England Census does confirm your comment about a career soldier, as at the time he is shown as being a Staff Sergeant in the R.G.A. http://interactive.ancestry.com.au/2352/rg14_12992_0471_03/54466691?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.Ancestry.com.au%2f%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3findiv%3d1%26db%3d1911england%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26MSAV%3d1%26gss%3dangs-d%26gsfn%3dLewis%2bRobert%2bWilliam%26gsln%3dWeir%26gsln_x%3dXO%26msddy%3d1916%26cpxt%3d1%26catBucket%3drstp%26uidh%3del4%26cp%3d11%26pcat%3d35%26fh%3d0%26h%3d54466691%26recoff%3d%26ml_rpos%3d1&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnRecord.

Just a quick note, the GRO Regimental Birth Indices (1761 to 1924) on FindMyPast, http://search.findmypast.com.au/record?id=bmd%2fovs%2freg1%2f003264&parentid=bmd%2fovs%2freg1%2f003264%2f018, show a Louis R W Weir born in 1872 Plumstead, Kent, born to a member of the Royal Artillery.


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You really need the war diary for 66th Siege Battery which at present can only be viewed at the National Archives, but hopefully in the not to distant future will be available on line. The ref. you require is http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7349605 , and if you check this page after a few weeks I hope that those records that have been digitised will become available.

His number would imply an enlistment at the very end of Dec. 1891, start of 1892, and was at that time just called the Royal Artillery. In 1899 the regiment was split to form the Royal Garrison Artillery, Royal Field Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery with the RGA becoming a separate Corps.

I have 66 SB leaving Folkestone on the 18th March 1916 so unfortunately he served for only about 4 months before being killed in action. It was quite unusual for someone of his rank to be with a battery so I wouldn't be surprised if he was occasionally attached to an ordnance workshop. Although ordinary ranks are not normally mentioned in diaries there is a chance that he is given his rank.


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