9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Patrick Weir was born in Fintona, County Tyrone about 1877. Patrick Weir married Elizabeth Jane Weir about 1888. The 1901 census shows Patrick living with his wife and child in Fintona, working as a rural postman. By 1911, Patrick Weir was working as a railway porter. He was 34 years old. They now had seven children. The family now lived in Mullaghmore, Mountnorris, County Armagh. Sergeant Patrick J Weir was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died near Albert in France on 2nd March 1917, age 40.
Patrick Weir was born in Fintona, County Tyrone about 1877.
Patrick Weir married Elizabeth Jane Weir about 1888.
The 1901 census shows Patrick living with his wife and child in Church Street, Fintona, Tyrone. Patrick was working as a rural postman. He was 23 years old.
By 1911, Patrick Weir was working as a railway porter. He was 34 years old. They now had seven children. The family now lived in Mullaghmore, Mountnorris, County Armagh.
Another reference to Patrick described him as a Foreman with the railway.
Patrick Weir enlisted at Finner Camp, County Donegal.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 25th November 1915: Inniskillings Through Rough Times
Mr Joseph Hayes, Scotch Street, Dungannon, has received the following letter from Sergeant P J Weir, 9th Inniskillings, who is at present in France with the Ulster Division :-
“Just a line to say I am well, hoping the arrival of these few lines may find yourself, wife and family well. I suppose Dungannon is quiet. I saw Corporal John Johnston here; we were convenient to them for a few days. We are having a bit of a rest at present. We had some rough times sine I saw you last. I can assure you my waist has got very thin; my clothes at home will be fairly loose now if I was putting them on. You can tell the boys I was asking for them. I do not like this country. It is very low-lying in places and very dirty, but there are plenty of fruits lying around. I am sitting on the ground writing now in a hurry to catch post as we are for night work. I can say no more as we are not allowed to say much according to regulation, so I will now conclude with best wishes to you and family, hoping to hear from you some day soon."
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25th March 1916:
Sergeant Patrick Weir, 9th Inniskillings (Tyrone's), is in hospital in France owing to an attack of influenza. He was a railway porter at Dungannon station prior to volunteering and had had previous army experience.
Sergeant Patrick J Weir was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died on 2nd March 1917 near Albert in France, age 40.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 9th March 1917:
Corporal Patrick Weir, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Clare Terrace, Dungannon, killed.
Sergeant P J Weir is buried in at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Dernancourt is a village 3 kilometres south of Albert.
Sergeant Patrick J Weir is commemorated on his wife’s headstone in Coolhill Cemetery, Killyman Road, Dungannon.
Patrick Weir is commemorated on both the Great Northern Railway Memorial in Central Station, Belfast and the Great Northern Railway Memorial in Connolly Station, Dublin.
The CWGC record Patrick as the husband of Elizabeth J. Weir, who was by then living at 2 Boyd's Square, Dungannon, County Tyrone.