Private Alexander Fairweather, 1st Scottish Horse, who was reported from the War Office last week as having been dangerously wounded at Oliphant's Nek on the 7th, is the eldest son of Captain Fairweather, Norwood. The Dundee Courier, Monday 17th June 1901
Bad News from the Front. - The latest news regarding the condition of Trooper Alexander Fairweather, 1st Scottish Horse, seriously wounded at Oliphant's Nek on the 7th, is far from reassuring. A telegram just received by his home folks from the War Office is to the effect that on the 17th he still lay dangerously ill at Rustenberg. The anxiety felt by his relatives is shared by many friends of the young trooper, who was a favourite in the place. The Dundee Courier, Saturday 22nd June 1901
NEWPORT TROOPER DANGEROUSLY ILL.
Trooper Alexander Fairweather, of the Scottish Horse, dangerously ill, gunshot wound, Krugersdorp, September 5.
Trooper Alexander Fairweather belongs to Newport, and is the second son of Captain Fairweather, Norwood, Newport. His folks received a telegram yesterday stating that he was seriously ill from the effects of a gunshot, but they have reason to believe that the wound mentioned is the same one that the trooper suffered from in June last. He was brought up with a convoy to Krugersdorp, and it is thought that the journey has been too much for him. The Dundee Courier, Monday 9th September 1901
Local Trooper's Serious Illness. - After a reassuring period of convalescence from serious hurt received in June, Trooper Alex. Fairweather, 1st Scottish Horse, is again reported seriously ill at Krugersdorp. The War Office telegram that conveyed the news to his home folks gives a gunshot wound as the cause of illness, and it is not yet known whether this may refer to the former injury or to fresh wounds. In a recent home letter the young soldier mentioned that he would likely be brought down by a convoy from Rustenberg, where he was in hospital. It is conjectured that this journey may have been too trying for him in his convalescent state, and that the present illness is a relapse, but as the convoy is known to have been in action en route there is a possibility that the invalid trooper may again have suffered at the hands of the Boers. The Dundee Courier, Tuesday 10th September 1901
Local Trooper's Illness. - Letters came to hand yesterday from Trooper Alexander Fairweather, 1st Scottish Horse, who was reported in a War Office telegram on 12th September as seriously ill in Krugersdorp Hospital. The young trooper writes in fairly good spirits, praising highly the treatment received in Krugersdorp and Rustenberg Hospitals, but makes mention of one operation just undergone and another having shortly to be faced. The serious illness reported was not, as feared by his home folks caused by fresh injuries, but a relapse brought about doubtless through the long and trying journey endured from Rustenberg to Krugersdorp in a bullock waggon when only partially convalescent from wounds received at Oliphant's Nek on June 7. The Dundee Courier, Tuesday 8th October 1901
Fairweather. - At Norwood, Newport, on the 2d inst., from the result of wounds received in South Africa, Alexander, aged 22, second son of Captain James and Mrs Fairweather. Funeral on Wednesday to Vicarsford Cemetery, leaving house at 2.30. All those wishing to attend kindly send their names to Mr Johnstone, 6 High Street, Newport. This is the only intimation and invitation. The Dundee Courier, Tuesday 4th August 1903
NEWPORT SOLDIER'S FUNERAL.
The remains of Trooper Alexander Fairweather, who died on Sabbath from the effects of wounds received while on active service in South Africa, were laid to rest yesterday afternoon in the cemetery at Vicarsford. A large and representative company of mourners gathered round the grave, where a brief but impressive service was conducted by the Rev. J. S. Scotland. In addition to the many friends of the family present, there was a large number of the personal friends of the young soldier.
Amongst these were: - Mr J. P. Sturrock, formerly F. and F. Yeomanry; Mr George Morrison, formerly of the Scottish Horse; Messrs T. Ferguson, Fred Paton, James Keddie, Alexander Rollo, James Scrimgeour, Alexander Robertson, William Gold, and James Lee. Provost Roger, ex-Provost Thomson, Dr T. P. Stewart, and Dr Rust were also amongst the mourners. The principal pallbearers were: - Messrs Charles and David Fairweather (brothers), Mr Alexander Fairweather (cousin), and Mr Charles Roger. The flag was hoisted half-mast at East Station as a token of respect. The Dundee Courier, Thursday 6th August 1903
Alexander's photo can be seen at his page at Find a Grave ( findagrave.com ) Unfortunately, no photo of his grave so if someone reading this in the area, anyone can add a photo if there is a gravestone or kerb at Find A Grave site.