George Alexander Weir
|Sir George Alexander Weir|
|Born||1 December 1876|
Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire
|Died||15 November 1951(aged 74)|
|Commands held||84th Brigade; Bombay District; 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division; British Troops in Egypt|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
World War I
|Awards||KCB, CMG, DSO, Croix de Guerre|
|Other work||Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire|
Vice-Chairman of the Worcester Territorial Army Association
George Weir was born in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, on 1 December 1876 to Dr Archibald Weir of Malvern. He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1917, he married Margaret Irene, daughter of Robert More of Bexhill; the couple had a son and a daughter.
Weir served in South Africa between 1899 and 1901 as a non-commissioned volunteer in the Worcestershire Yeomanry and was mentioned in despatches twice and awarded four clasps to his Queen's Medal. After about six months, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and transferred into the Regular Army on 11 January 1902 as a Captain in the 3rd Dragoon Guards.
By 1914, Weir had passed staff college and attained the rank of Major. He was a newly appointed Senior Tactical Instructor at the Cavalry School at the start of World War I, but he deployed with the 4th Cavalry Brigade, as Staff Captain, to France in the British Expeditionary Force. Soon afterwards, in October 1914, he was appointed GSO2 of the newly formed 2nd (Cavalry) Division and in June 1915, he became commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles and was slightly wounded in September.
After the War, in 1922, Weir was appointed as Commandant of the Equitation School and Inspector of Cavalry. In 1927, he was posted to India as General Officer Commanding, Bombay District and in 1932 he commanded the 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division of the Territorial Army. In 1934 he became General Officer Commanding the British Troops in Egypt (re-titled as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief in 1936), and was promoted to full general in October 1937.
Honorary roles and retirement
Weir retired from the Army on 12 April 1938 and joined the Officers' Reserve (until December 1943).
Weir held appointments as Honorary Colonel to the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards) (September 1929 until December 1946), to the 8th Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment (TA) (June 1938 until December 1946) and the 639th Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (The Worcestershire Regiment) (January 1947 until September 1949).
Honours and awards
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath – 1934 (CB – 1923)
- Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George – 1919
- Distinguished Service Order – 1915
- Mentioned in Despatches – twice between 1899 and 1902 and again between 1914 and 1918
- Officer of the Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus
- Croix de Guerre avec palmes
- Houtermann, Hans. "British Army Officers, 1939–1945 (G.M.B. Wadsworth to G.A. Weir)". World War II unit histories. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- Bourne, John. "George Alexander Weir". Lions led by Donkeys. University of Birmingham, Centre for First World War Studies. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
Sir John Burnett-Stuart
| GOC-in-C the British Troops in Egypt
Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson