PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias Alexander WEIR
Birth date and place 25 Nov 1810 North Berwick, Haddingtonshire (now East Lothian), Scotland.
Baptism date and place 9 Jan 1811 St Andrews Church, North Berwick, Haddingtonshire.
Civil Census Residences Sapper Quarters, opp. North Arch, Artillery Place, Woolwich, Kent, England (1851).
See Musters below (1841, 1851).
Trade Slater/Bricklayer (WO97).
Carpenter (WO11-126).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: dark. Eyes: light grey. Hair: grey.
Marriage date and place 5 Apr 1833 St Mary Magdalene, Gillingham, Kent.
Spouse Hannah PRICE.
Children Alexander S b. 1833, Chatham, Kent.
John T b. 1837, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
James b. 1840, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Stephen b. 1842, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Elizabeth b. 1844, Woolwich, Kent.
Jabez P b. 1847, Gibraltar.
Hannah b. 1849, Gibraltar.
Cecelia b. 1851 at sea on ‘Anna Robertson’ en route from London to Western Australia (tentative).
Death date and place 22 Jun 1888 Melbourne Benevolent Asylum, Hotham, Victoria.
Burial date and place June 1888 General Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria.
Will and Probate
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #1393 Private.
Attestation date and place 31 Jan 1831 Edinburgh.
Service/Campaigns Gibraltar 6 years.
Halifax, Nova Scotia 6 years 1 month.
Western Australia 3 years 6 months.
Musters WO11-91 3rd Company, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1841).
WO11-123 2nd Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-142 (1855), Western Australia.
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Three Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical Chronic Rheumatism. While employed in Western Australia two years ago [1853], he was much exposed to wet weather, and performed his working duties in a swamp, from which he became affected with Rheumatism in his loins and lower limbs, which still continues.  Disability caused by his military service.

Unfit for service and likely to be permanently disqualified for military duty, but able to contribute to something towards his livelihood [Woolwich 20 July 1855].

Courts Martial At Brompton Barracks on 29 Sep 1832 for being absent without leave. Convicted and sentenced to 14 days imprisonment which was inflicted. Imprisoned 27 Sep to 12 Oct 1832.

At Woolwich on 23 Jan 1836 for refusing to do his work and making his escape. Convicted and sentenced to 12 days solitary confinement, of which 1 day and 20 hours were remitted. Imprisoned 20 Jan to 1 Feb 1836.

At Halifax, N.S. on 11 Oct 1836 for using threatening language to a non-commissioned officer. Convicted and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment which was inflicted. Imprisoned 8 Oct to 10 Nov 1836.

At Gibraltar on 4 Apr 1848 for habitual drunkenness. Convicted and sentenced to forfeit his wine for 6 months, and 8 days solitary confinement which was inflicted.
Imprisoned 2 Apr to 10 Apr 1848.

Discharge date and place 14 Aug 1855 Woolwich.
Length of Service 24 years 127 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1364-183.
Post Discharge Residence Not stated.
Pension District Woolwich (1855). Melbourne (Q3 1857).
Pension 1/1½d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Anna Robertson. 
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder [Barker p.212].
See sidebar.
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Newspaper Articles
Ship ex-WA Devonshire.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 5 Mar 1855 for Cape of Good Hope and London.
Ship ex-England Talbot.
Departure date and destination Dep. England 21 May 1857; Arr. Queenscliff, Victoria 25 Aug 1857.