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44th Regiment Colours
Afghan Medal
NameWEIR – James
Regiment (s)44th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 822
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18th February 1826 / 17 years / Kilmarnock Ayr Scotland
Description – Height
Not yet known
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 17 years 250 days
Prisoner of the Afghans from 29th December 1841 to 26th September 1842
Length of Service22 years 207 days
Private 17 February 1826-16 February 1827 underage
Private 17 February 1827-31 December 1828
Private 1 January 1829-10 April 1834
Corporal 11 April 1834-26 April 1838
Sergeant 27 April 1838-24 July 1849
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 24th July 1849 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsAfghanistan
Intended Residence at
Horsham Sussex or Colchester Essex England
Pension Districts1849 Ipswich
1855-1858 Western Australia
1858-1859 Madras
Pension Paid2/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th February 1855 Plymouth England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STAG 23rd May 1855
Date/Place of Birth1809 Minto Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1821 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJames B 1949 Horsham Sussex England
Henry Robert b 1850 Colchester, Essex, England
Bp 13th October 1850 Colchester, Essex, England
Ann B 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Not yet known: pension paid in Western Australia until December 1857
Date/Place of Death/Burial15th February 1859 Madras India
Poonamallee Quilon St Andrews Madras India
Date/Place of Death/Burial
27th November 1856 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationSeverely wounded at Cabul on 23 November 1841.
British Army Worldwide index 1841
James Weir, 822, Sergeant, 44th regiment, location Jellalabad & Afghanistan. WO12/5671
In the 1851 Census James age 45, a Chelsea Pensioner born Scotland is living at Pond Lane Colchester, Essex with his wife Ann age 30 born Horsham, Sussex and children James age 2 also born Horsham and Hemery(sic) born 1851 at Colchester Sussex.
AJCP reel 466/87 part 2 Folio 233 Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry into complaints by the wives of the Pensioner Guard on the “Stag” into the conduct of the Superintendent Surgeon CALDWELL. Mrs. MASH, Mrs. MURPHY and Mrs. WEIR wives of the Enrolled pensioners were under medical treatment for symptoms that he thought exceedingly strange for married women