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Harry Weir

1914-2000

Harry Weir

Henry (Harry) Edwin Weir was born on January 29, 1914, in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, before his family moved to Drumheller, Alberta, in 1919. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 and trained as a Navigator. He was posted overseas and sustained serious injuries to his leg during the London Blitz of 1941, leading to an amputation due to gangrene.

Mr. Weir recuperated at the 5th General Hospital in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England, before returning to Canada and joining The War Amps Calgary Branch and, later, the Victoria Branch. He held several positions, including:

  • National Director, Victoria Branch
  • President, Calgary Branch (1955)
  • Dominion Representative, Calgary Branch
  • Head, Prosthetics Committee (1959, 1961)
  • Chairman, War Amps Convention Committee
  • Contributor, War Amps publication The Fragment
  • Member, Civilian Liaison Committee

Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership

He worked alongside then-CEO Cliff Chadderton on a project called “Victory Resolution,” which called for legislation to help children who had lost their fathers through war service.

In his personal life, Mr. Weir taught navigation in Alberta and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Calgary from 1944 to 1970.

He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Membership, the Meritorious Service Membership and the Honourary CHAMP Membership for his lifelong commitment to The War Amps.

Mr. Weir passed away on March 29, 2000.

Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership