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Sir George Alexander Weir

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1932
6 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. (166 mm x 120 mm) image size
Commissioned, 1932
Photographs Collection
NPG x185989

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  • Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 18527 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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Dorothy Rhiannon Mary Boardman

08 July 2019, 15:12

Entry from Harrow School Register:

WEIR, George Alexander (Mr Watson's), son of Dr A Weir, St Mungho's, Great Malvern. Gym Champion 1894; left 1895. Trin. Coll. Camb., BA 1898; Student at St Thomas' Hospital, 1890; served with Imperial Yeomanry in Boer War (present at varous engagements; two despatches; medal and 4 clasps); Capt. 3rd Dragoon Guards, 1902; Major 1912; Liet.-Col 1920; Col. 1918 (ante-dated). Great War, France 1914; Salonica and Palestine in command of R. Irish Rifles and Infantry Brigade and Cavalry Brigade; DSO 1915; two Brevets; CMG 1918; Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus (Off.); Croix de Guerre (with palms); once wounded; five despatches. Commandant Equitation School, Weedon; CB 1923.


Extract From Trinity College, Cambridge, Records:

GEORGE ALEXANDER WEIR
College: TRINITY
Adm. pens. at TRINITY, June 29, 1895. S. of Archibald [M.D. (Edin.)], of St Mungo's, Malvern, Worcs. B. Dec. 1, 1876, at Malvern. School, Harrow. Matric. Michs. 1895; B.A. 1898. In the Army. Served in South African War, 1899-1901 (mentioned in despatches twice). Captain, 3rd Dragoon Guards; Major, 1912. Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Colonel, 3rd Dragoon Guards; Temp. Brig.-Gen., 1915; wounded; C.M.G., 1919; D.S.O., 1915; Brevet Colonel, 1918; mentioned four times in despatches; Officer, Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus (Italy); French Croix de Guerre; Brigade Commander, 84th Infantry Brigade in Salonika, 1915-18; Brigade Commander, 19th Infantry Brigade, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1918, and 13th Cavalry Brigade, 1918). Major-General, 1927; Lieut.-General, 1933; General, 1937. Retired, 1938. C.B., 1923; K.C.B., 1934. Married, Jan. 20, 1917, Margaret Irene, dau. of Robert More, of Bexhill, and had issue. Of Link Lodge, Malvern Link. Died Nov. 15, 1951. Brother of Henry B. (1899) and Hugh H. (1894). (Army Lists; The M.C. and D.S.O.; Who's Who; The Times, Dec. 16, 1951.)

Extract from Boer War Record:

Boer War 1899-1902 -
Soldier detail
Name: WEIR, George Alexander

Rank: Trooper
Soldier number: 7242
Unit: Imperial Yeomanry
Notes: The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

Extract from Who's Who
Born 1 Dec. 1876; s of late Archibald Weir, MD, of Malvern; m 1917, Margaret Irene, d of Robert More, Woodsgate Place, Bexhill; one s one d ; died 15 Nov. 1951
late Col 3rd D. G.; late Colonel 3rd Carabiniers; Hon. Col 8th Bn Worcestershire Regt; DL Worcestershire
Education
Harrow; Trinity College; Camb
Career
Capt. 1902; Maj. 1912; Brig.-Gen. 1915; Maj.-Gen. 1927; Lt-Gen. 1933; Gen. 1937; Comdt Equitation School and Inspector of Cavalry, 1922–26; GOC Bombay District, 1927–31; Commander 55th (West Lancs) Division, TA, 1932–33; General Officer Commanding the British Troops in Egypt, 1934–38 (GOC in C, 1936); retired, 1938; served S. Africa, 1899–1901 (despatches twice; Queen’s medal 4 clasps); European War, 1914–18 (wounded, despatches, DSO, Bt Lt-Col and Col); Officer of St Maurice and St Lazarus; Croix de Guerre avec palmes
Club
Army and Navy
Address
Link Lodge, Malvern Link, Worcs
Malvern 1801

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