Stanley Price Weir (23 April 1866 – 14 November 1944) was a public
servant and Australian Army officer. He was awarded the Volunteer
Officers' Decoration in 1908, and appointed a justice of the peace in
1914. During World War I, he commanded the 10th Battalion of the
Australian Imperial Force during the landing at Anzac Cove and the
Gallipoli Campaign against the Ottoman Turks, and during the battles of
Pozières and Mouquet Farm in France. Weir returned to Australia at his
own request at the age of 50 in late 1916, when he was appointed as the
first South Australian Public Service Commissioner. In 1917 he was
awarded the Distinguished Service Order and was mentioned in dispatches
for his performance at Pozières and Mouquet Farm. On his retirement
from the Australian Military Forces in 1921, he was given an honorary
promotion to brigadier general, only the second South Australia-born
officer to reach this rank. Before his retirement as Public Service
Commissioner in 1931, Weir was the chairman of both the Central Board of
Health and the Public Relief Board. He led an active retirement,
contributing to several religious, charitable and welfare organisations.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Edmund Ironside became King of England, reigning for only seven
months before the country was conquered by Cnut the Great.
The most well-known version of the Reinheitsgebot, the German
Beer Purity Law was adopted across the entirety of Bavaria.
First World War: The British Royal Navy conducted a raid on the
Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge.
American journalist William N. Oatis was arrested for espionage
by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia.
Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer signed the controversial anti-
illegal immigration bill SB 1070 into law.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
all the world's a stage:
People have roles to play in life just as actors do in the theatre.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle
rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d; It
blesseth him that gives and him that takes. ’Tis mightiest in the
mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His
sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and
majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is
above this sceptred sway, It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is
an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest
God’s, When mercy seasons justice.
--The Merchant of Venice