William Henry (Will) MAIR

MAIR, William Henry

Service Number: 690
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 1st Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Ipswich, Queensland, 14 May 1887
Home Town: Ipswich, Queensland
Schooling: Ipswich Boys' Central School
Occupation: Painter
Died: Natural causes, Ipswich General Hospital, 8 January 1934, aged 46 years
Cemetery: Ipswich General Cemetery, Qld
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ipswich Soldier's Memorial Hall Great War
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 690, Sydney, New South Wales
26 Sep 1914: Involvement Gunner, SN 690, 1st Field Artillery Brigade
26 Sep 1914: Embarked Gunner, SN 690, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Pera, Sydney
19 Jul 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 690, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (right elbow)
29 Dec 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 690, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Discharged due to wound

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor



The parents of Gunner W. H. Mair, of Ipswich, have received a telegraphic communication to the effect that he has been wounded at the Dardanelles as a result of gunshot, and is in the Ghezireh Hospital, Egypt. With his brother Tom he volunteered in New South Wales with the First Expeditionary Force, and is attached to the First Brigade Ammunition Column, New South Wales. He is well known in Ipswich circles, having been a member of the Cambrian Choir, St. Paul's Society and City Vice-regal and Model Bands prior to leaving Queensland.' from The Brisbane Courier 27 Jul 1915 (nla.gov.au)


The relatives of Gunner W. H. Mair have been officially notified that he was being invalided home on the transport Themistocles, which arrived in West Australia yesterday, and is due at Melbourne next Saturday. No further particulars have been received since he was first reported wounded by gun-shot. Gunner Mair's many Cambrian Choir, Vise-Regal and Model Band friends will no doubt wish him a speedy recovery.' from Queensland Times 4 Sep 1915 (nla.gov.au)



Well-known in Ipswich as a bands-man and painter, Mr. William Henry Mair died at the Ipswich General Hospital on January 6. He was a native of Ipswich, being born at Ellenborough-street, on May 14, 1887. He attended the Boys' Central School when the late Major C. Watson was Head Teacher. The late Mr. Mair was a foundation member of the Ipswich Model Band, to which he rendered great service. On August 24, 1914, he enlisted in Sydney with the First Field Artillery Brigade, A.I.F., and was discharged as being medically unfit through gunshot wounds at Gallipoli. His mother, Mrs. J. Mair, resides at Rowland-terrace. A brother, Mr. Ern. Mair, was absent on a brief tour, and only heard of his death yesterday morning. Representatives of the Ipswich sub-branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A. attended the funeral, which took place to the Ipswich Cemetery on Tuesday.' from Queensland Times 11 Jan 1934 (nla.gov.au)