A First War Memorial Cross to the 20th Battalion CEF
A First War Memorial Cross to the 20th Battalion CEF - (775409 Pte. W. WEIR). Naming is officially engraved. Contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates, along with assorted research papers. Footnote: William Weir was born on November 24, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland, the son of William Weir and Mary Ann Weir of Toronto, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 126th Infantry Battalion "Peel Battalion" on January 17, 1916 in Toronto, at the age of 17, naming his next-of-kin as his father, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Rubber Worker. The Battalion was raised in the County of Peel, Ontario with mobilization headquarters in Toronto, under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed August 14, 1916 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, aboard the S.S. Empress of Britain, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel F.J. Hamilton with a strength of 32 officers and 822 other ranks, arriving in Liverpool, England on the 24th. In England, the Battalion was broken up and absorbed into 109th and 118th Infantry Battalions and the 8th Reserve Battalion. In Weir's case, he was transferred two months after arriving in England to the 109th Infantry Battalion at Bramshott on October 16, 1916. The following month, he was transferred to the 20th Infantry Battalion for service overseas in the French theatre, taken on strength at Le Havre on November 29th and joined them in the field on December 4th. He went through 1917 without event. In 1918, Weir was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on January 17th. His health was compromised late that Spring, as he was admitted to No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance on May 21, 1918, then transferred and admitted to No. 43 Canadian Casualty Station the following day, diagnosed with "P.U.O." (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin = fever). He was admitted to No. 5 General Hospital at Rouen on May 23rd, where he was diagnosed and treated for Tuberculosis. After one week, he was transferred to No. 2 Convalescent Depot at Rouen on May 30th, where he was to recuperate for the next three weeks, before being discharged on June 19th. He was transferred to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp at Le Havre on July 14th, before returning to the 20th Infantry Battalion on August 14th. His health remained a concern in the latter part of 1918, as he was granted a month's leave (November 28th - December 27th), then returned to the 20th Infantry Battalion. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, he proceeded to England on April 4, 1919 and placed with "O" Wing at Witley on April 7th. He was struck off strength of the Overseas Forces of Canada on May 13th, sailing for Canada from Liverpool aboard the S.S. Caronia on the 14th. Weir was taken on strength at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto and discharged upon demobilization on May 25, 1919, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 198224. He died of Tuberculosis on August 26, 1930. Since his death was attributed to his war service, his mother received his Plaque and Scroll, along with his Memorial Cross. He married after his discharge, so his widow also received his Memorial Cross.