The son of Alexander and Sarah Weir, William James Alexander Weir, a plantation overseer, served in the Fiji Rifles for 10 months before he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 24 September 1914. In 1918, he scored six victories as a Brisfit pilot with 1 Squadron (AFC).
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Carrick Stewart Paul (Australian
Lieut. William James Alexander Weir (Australian L.H. and Australian F.C.).
Lieutenant Paul is a gallant and skilful Pilot, who has been very ably assisted by his Observer, Lieutenant Weir. These officers have shown great initiative in attacking ground objectives on numerous occasions, notably on 14th August, when, in face of intense hostile fire, they, at a very low altitude, attacked bodies of enemy cavalry, causing heavy casualties. They have also displayed great courage and skill in air combats, having destroyed four enemy aircraft.