Atkinson, Richard Bert (Weir)

Personal Details

First nameRichard
Middle nameBert
Other namesWeir
Date of birth01/02/1892
Place of birthMuttaburra, Qld
Date of death09/02/1969


Son of Joseph Richard Atkinson & Emily Maria Weir ‘Weare’

Brother of –
Will Weir/Colman b.08/02/1894 d.08/02/1894
Dorris Barcoorah Weir [Sheppard/Thompson] b.11/04/1900 d.18/09/1985 buried Bundaberg Lawn Cemetery
Arthur Charles Weir b.09/09/1902 d.29/12/1980

Photo – Dorris, husband Israel, Arthur and mother Emily believed to be taken in 1920 after Richard had returned from World War I

[Photo courtesy of Karen Andrews nee Weir]

Husband of Eva Elizabeth Egan m.20/11/1919

Father of –
Noel Desmond b.18/06/1918
Richard Bert b.23/04/1920
Lorraine Elizabeth [Cowan] b.01/09/1921
Cyril John b.15/04/1923
Maureen Sharon Olive [Comino] b.05/02/1939

War Records


ServiceAustralian Army
Service number2373
Date of enlistment13/03/1916
Locality of enlistmentStrovers Hotel, Cloncurry, Qld
Place of enlistmentCharters Towers, Qld
Next of kinEmily Weir (mother)
Date of discharge13/08/1919
Posting at discharge4th MG Battalion
HonoursBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
Prisoner of war




Enlisted with 11th Infantry, aged 24 years.
Embarked Brisbane on HMAT A49 "Seang Choon" 19 September 1916 with 52nd Infantry Battalion 5th Reinf.
Private 2373 - reallotted Regimental Number 2373A on 7 March 1917.
Taken on strength 47th Bn, served in France. Wounded in action 28 March 1918 - admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, then transferred to Norfolk War Hospital in England.
Taken on strength 1 Command Depot, Overseas Training Brigade, 4 MG Bn. Returned to Australia on HT "Port Napier". Arrived Sydney 4 July 1919.