Weeks, William Frederick

William Frederick Weeks was born in Rhuddlan, Flintshire in 1893.

The 1911 Census shows that the family at that time lived at 13 Marsh Road, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Oliver Weeks aged 43, who was employed as a Railway Foreman.  His wife Mary Weeks aged 46 and their four children – Wilfred Frederick Weeks, aged 18, a Railway Porter, Mervyn Weeks aged 12, Erie Weeks aged 8 and Maisie Weeks waged 6 years.

William enlisted initially at Bangor, Caernarfonshire with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry as Private No. 33105.  He later transferred to 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers.

On Monday 31 July 1917 the Battalion crossed the canal south of the Ypres Roulers railway unopposed. Their intention was to take Iron Cross Ridge then cross the Steenbeke and hold the Au Bon Git bridgehead. William was killed during this action.

On 29 November 1917, a payment of £2. 0s. 9d. was made by the War Office to Oliver Weeks, being monies owed to his son William.  On 22 November 1919, a further payment which was recorded as a War Gratuity payment of £3. 0s. 0d. was also made to him.

William Frederick Weeks is also remembered on a Remembrance plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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