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FairweatherJames4851PrivateQSA (6)
Source: List of QSAs with the clasp Elandslaagte
(Duke of Albany's Ross-shire Buffs) Seaforth Highl
FairweatherJames EdwardSource: Attestation paper in WO126Brabant's Horse
FairweatherJames MclntyreCaptainFAIRWEATHER, JAMES McINTYRE, Captain, was born at Dundee, Scotland, 13 October 1876, eldest son of Joseph Fairweather, Sculptor, of Dundee, and his wife, Jane, daughter of James Mclntyre, Wood Merchant, of Dundee. He was educated at the Harris Academy, Dundee, and by private tutors, and originally intended for the legal profession, but in 1896 went to South Africa, and joined the Staff of the East London Harbour Board. At the outbreak of the South African War he was Assistant Town Clerk at East London, and volunteered for active service with the Kaffrarian Rifles, receiving a commission in that Corps, later being promoted Captain and Adjutant. He was present in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including the defence of Wepener; operations in Orange River Colony (May to 29 November 1900), including action at Witterbergen (1 to 29 July); operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony. He was three times wounded; was mentioned in Despatches in March 1901 and March 1902. Doing especially good service at the Relief of Wepener and at Quaggasfontein, he also commanded the troops which entered the town when Aliwal North was ceded by the rebels. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "James Mclntyre Fairweather, Captain, Cape Colony Forces. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". At the conclusion of the war he was offered a commission in the Regular Army, but deciding to return to civil life, he accepted a position on the Headquarters Staff of the Central South African Railways, and at the time of his death held the post of Superintendent attached to the personal Staff of Sir William Hoy, General Manager of the South African Railways. At the time of the Union, he rendered valuable service as one of the special Committee who undertook the task of assimilating the general conditions of service for the administration of the entire staff (involving over 60,000 employees) of the Union Railways. He took a keen interest in military matters in South Africa, and after the Union became Commanding Officer of the Transvaal Motor and Cycle Corps, and later of the Rand Light Infantry. In 1913, during the July disturbances on the Rand, he was in military control of Bramfontein, and again during the strike in January 1914, he rendered valuable services. In July 1914, he was one of two South African officers who left for England on the invitation of the War Office to represent the Union Defence Department at the autumn army manoeuvres. He arrived in England a few days after the declaration of war, and sought permission to proceed to the Western Front, but was instructed to return at once to South Africa. On the suppression of the Rebellion he proceeded to German West Africa with the Rand Light Infantry. A new regiment had to be formed in German West Africa to expedite the reconstruction of the destroyed railway line from Aus westward to Keetmanshoop, thence north to Windhuk, then south through Kalkfontein to meet the new railway line which was being built from Uppington, and all railway servants with combatant units were ordered to transfer to this. It was styled the Railway Regiment, and Colonel Fairweather was given the command. He achieved splendid results under very difficult conditions, and was mentioned in Despatches in August 1918, in this connection. On returning to the Transvaal several months later than the military contingent from German West Africa, he returned for a short time to his civil duties at Railway Headquarters, but later was given the command of the South African Motor Cyclist Corps, and was killed in action on 18 February 1917, at Rupira, in the Livingstone Range, and is buried there. His brother, Major Joseph Fairweather, of the South Wales Borderers, was killed in action near Kut on 15 January of the same year. Writing of Colonel Fairweather, Mr H E M Bourne, the Secretary of the Defence Department of South Africa, said: "The death of this officer will be a very great loss, not only to the Railway Administration, but to the Union generally, and especially to the Union Defence Forces, as he was one of the oldest and keenest of Citizen Force officers, and full of soldierly qualities. The example set by Colonel Fairweather was a very high one, and I trust and hope will long be followed by the more junior officers of the Active Citizen Force". Brigadier General Sir Charles Crewe, KCMG, CB, MLA, writing of him, said: "A most gallant officer, and one for whom I have always had the greatest regard ... He again in West Africa showed the same gallantry and devotion to duty which was so noticeable in the 1900 campaign. He met his death, and we who all deplore his loss must also feel that he, like many others who have made the greatest sacrifice man can make, died as he would himself have chosen, in action serving the Empire". Colonel H B Cuming, CB, who commanded the Kaffrarian Rifles during the South African War, wrote: "He was without doubt the most gallant fellow I ever worked with in the field. His complete indifference to shell fire and bullets amazed me. He was an excellent officer in every way, and his death is an irreparable loss to the Active Union Defence Force. In every detail of his work he was thorough and full of useful ideas", while a Railway correspondent writes of him: "The men who served under him were unanimous in their praise and liking of their Commander, whose chief anxiety at all times, even at great personal sacrifice, lay in promoting the welfare and comfort of the rank and file ... Quick to commend and reward good services, he was equally spontaneous in his denunciation of the bad ... He was a man of the most honourable and lofty principles, and the country generally, still more the Railway Administration and the military service, can ill spare him".
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Kaffrarian Rifles
FairweatherJosephTrooper Source: Nominal roll in WO127Gorringe's Flying Column
FairweatherP R L8012Source: Medal rollsCanada, 2nd Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry
FairweatherRSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsSouth African Constabulary
FairweatherThomas35321TrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127Kitchener's Horse
FairweatherWPrivateQSA known to exist. QSA (1)
Source: List of QSAs with the clasp Defence of Kimberley
Kimberley TG
FairweatherWAble SeamanQSA (0). Ref: 156.110.
Source: QSA medal rolls
HMS Partridge
FairweatherW JAble SeamanQSA (0). Ref: 181.857.
Source: QSA medal rolls
HMS Powerful
FairweatherW MSource: WO100/286Windsorton and Wedberg TG
FairweatherWilliam2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(Duke of Albany's Ross-shire Buffs) Seaforth Highl
FairyC2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
South Wales Borderers
FairyH2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Northamptonshire Regiment
FairyW2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Northumberland Fusiliers
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