George Weeks collection
Photographs, medals, correspondence and papers relating to George Rickart Weeks who served with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment during the First World War; brother Thomas Henry Weeks, also served, with the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train Reinforcements (RANBT); the collection includes some items relating to his service.
George 'Nobby' Weeks is known to have served with distinction at the Battle of Rafa and was mentioned in Regimental Orders, after carrying out wounded under heavy fire. It was however during the Battle of Beersheba, that Weeks was killed in action during a bombing raid by enemy aircraft, one of 23 men from his regiment to be killed that day. His commanding officer Major Gilbert Birkbeck, described him as a fearless soldier, and cheerful, willing worker. Weeks was initially buried at West Corner, Gum Grove Cemetery, but later reinterred at the Beersheba War Cemetery, Beersheba, Israel.
Out of copyright.