Edward Hugh Mair.

Date of birth:                 13th June 1879
Place of birth:               Southampton
Date of marriage:         23rd December 1908
Place of marriage:       Hawthorne, Victoria, Australia
Rank:                                 Captain
Regiment / Division:   58th Infantry Battalion
Died:                                   15th July 1916 aged 37 years
Death Location:             France

Life before the War

Edward was born on 13th June 1879 in Southampton to  James and Agnes Stewart (nee Robertson.)

His father James was born on 15th August 1814 in Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland and died on 1st June 1896 in Carlton, Victoria, Australia. James married twice, first to Martha McLean.  born on 18th November 1822 Southampton she died on 1st September 1859 Southampton. James and Martha married in Southampton on 17th August 1849. They had 3 daughters and 2 sons.

Jean was born on 17th May 1850 in Southampton and died on 6th December 1933. She married Edmund Lucas on 19th December 1872.
Martha was born on 18th November 1851 and died on 10th November 1937.
John Hugh was born on 24th November 1853 and died 1st December 1953
James was born 27th May 1855 and died on 8th December 1855
Elizabeth was born on 4th November 1857 and died on 7th December 1893. She married David Dalziel Gibb on 31st October 1883.

Following  the death of Martha, James married Agnes Stewart Robertson on 19th November 1862 in Loudon, Ayrshire, Scotland. Agnes was born on 18th July 1842 Wigtown, Scotland and died on 17th January 1913 in Caulfield, Victoria. They  5 sons and 3 daughters-

James Robert was born 2nd December1863 Southampton and died on 2nd May 1946 at Rose Bay, Sydney, New South Wales. He married twice.
Annie Catherine was born 20th December 1864 and died 20th November 1874
William was born on 21st December 1867
Ernest Stewart was born 4th June 1870 Southampton and died in 1933 East Camberwell, Victorial. He married Beatrice Lottie Moffitt on 4th April 1899 “Clovelly”, Coburg, Victoria.
George Harris was born 20th January 1872 Southampton and died on 17th March 1917 in Hornsby, New South Wales. He married Isabella Greer Mc Ginley.
John Briercliff was born 20th January 1872 in Southampton and died 29th December 1933 in Brighton, Victoria. He married Rosa Millicent Figgis in Tasmania. He served in WW1 serving with the 8 Infantry Battalion, joining on 22nd February 1915, as a 2nd Lieutenant. His employment was Bank Manager.
Annie Catherine was born on 13th November in Southampton 1875 and died 6th June 1952 in Melbourne, Victoria.
Agnes Stewart was born on 5th July 1877.
Edward Hugh  was born in 1879  in Southampton.

In the 1871 and 1881 census, James with his wife Agnes, were living at Portland Place, St. Mary’s Parish, Southampton. James was a Draper. James had two servants,

On 23rd December 1908, Edward married Susan Ruby McLean in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia. Susan was born on 10th October 1883 in Parkville, Victoria, Australia. She died on 5th July 1956 at Hawthorn, Victoria. They had two sons:

James Edward born 27th September 1909 and died 9th September 1966, both events in Austrailia.

Hugh Samuel was born 23rd March 1916 and died 7th December 1976, again in Australia.

War Service

First World War Embarkation Roll – Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Roll title: 29 Infantry Battalion (November 1915)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 10 November 1915
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Ascanius
Ship number: A11
Australian Imperial Force


Name:  Mair, Edward Hugh
Rank:   Lieutenant
Occupation:   Dentist
Next of Kin:   Mrs. S.R. Mair, wife, 37 Denham Street, Hawthorne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Religion:   Presbyterian
Australian Roll of Honour
Rank: Captain
Unit: 58th Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 15 July 1916
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

Edward Hugh

Edward Hugh Mair

Australian War Memorial


Australian War Memorial





Researched by Becky Lonergan October 2013.

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