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Weeks, Francis James    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Noarlunga, SA, Australia

Service Number: 512

Place of Enlistment: Adelaide, SA, Australia

Next of Kin: Weeks, Nellie (wife)



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All four WEEKS Brothers enlisted WW1 Francis ( Jim ), Leslie, Stanley & Roy
Submitted by: Jeff M Weeks
    

All four WEEKS Brothers enlisted WW1 Francis ( Jim ), Leslie, Stanley & Roy
( as did Francis James four sons in WW2 : Stan, James [ Jim ], Max, & Charlie ) ;



Dual Services & Discharges: Sgt AASC & AIF Driver 512: Glenthorne (Farm) Estate, Farmer/Machinist & No 9 Remount, Showjumping Horseman Vs Light Horse
Submitted by: Jeff M Weeks

Glenthorne Farm / O'Halloran Hill No 9 Remount Depot, connection :-
Biographical details
1. All three CAMPBELL Brothers enlisted WW1 James, Norman & Allen, in order of Seniority
Eldest James & 2nd Norman, also fought in the IB ( Imperial Bushmen ) & ACH ( Australian Commonwealth Light Horse ) 4th Btn together during the Boer War ( 1899 - 1902 ) ;
Similar to
2. All four WEEKS Brothers enlisted WW1 Francis ( Jim ), Leslie, Stanley & Roy
( as did Francis James four sons in WW2 : Stan, James [ Jim ], Max, & Charlie ) ;
listed in order of seniority : from Francis Allen Prideaux Weeks & Elizabeth nee Northey
Sadly, the youngest brother, Roy Eric, died 1st of the 4 WW1 WEEKS brothers ! and as a bizarre cruel twist, but remarkably for our Branch of the Weeks Clan ;
the eldest brother, Francis James, died last !


" Dual Services & Discharges : Sgt AASC & AIF Driver 512 : Glenthorne ( Farm ) Estate, Farmer/Machinist & No 9 Remount, Showjumping Horseman Vs the Light Horse "  

1 of 4. AIF Driver 512 Weeks, Francis James ( Jim )
allocated AIF Driver number  512, Gawler Encampment as early as 23 Feb - 10th Mch 1914 ;  ASC Complement complete : inspection by Hamilton ;
Remount Section, Indian Remount Unit
Occupation : Soldier AASC Permanent Services ; already enlisted AASC Permanent Forces 4 years 9 months Remount Unit still serving Remount Section ;
Residence: Remount Depot, Glenthorne, O’Halloran Hill, South Australia
( AASC enlistment 10 Feb 1913, same day as 2nd eldest brother Leslie Horace Charles )
Born: X'mas Day 25 December 1889 Noarlunga South Australia
Religion : Church of England
School : Old Noarlunga Primary School, Noarlunga, South Australia
Son of Francis Allen Prideaux Weeks & Elizabeth nee Northey
Marital Status : Married & 2 ( of 5 ) Children : Ellen Theresa Harris, married 3 Months after intial Enlistment ASC 1913
Next of kin: Nellie Weeks nee Harris, wife, c/o Father Charles " Chas " Harris, Coachbuilder, John Street, off Wright Street, Adelaide SA
Enlisted AIF : 1 November 1917 ( Attested same day as 2nd youngest Brother Stanley William was wounded 2nd time [ lead up to charge of Beersheba ] 29 October 1917 )
Embarked: 8 November 1917 SS Chindwarra, Adelaide, South Australia
Age at embarkation : 28  
Returned: 8 January 1918, unit demobilised ( became Remount Section, BOTH 4th Military District, Keswick Barracks & O'Halloran Hill Remount Depot No 9 ) ;
DUAL : Services AASC 1913 - 1923 / AIF 1917 - 1918 & Discharges : AIF 8 Jan 1918 " paid in full to 8 Nov 1918 after " / AASC 3 Mch 1923 ( 4th Military District, Remount Section, Keswick Barracks ) ;
Served : Indian Remount Section ( same as Capt Norman Campbell 2nd of 3 WW1 Campbell Brothers )
Medals : 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Death: 17 November 1965 37 Milner Street, Hilton, Adelaide South Australia

Occupation / Working Life :-

All his life he was a very quiet, gentle & humble man ( although he gave his 4 Sons a very strict, stern upbringing, such were the times before, during & after the Great War as well as the Great Depression, years 1929 - 1933 ) ;

*  Military :
1913 - 1923 Farmer & Driver 512, ASC permanent Forces, No 9 Remount Farm / Depot, O'Halloran Hill & also on 1918 AIF return Remount Section, 4th Military District, Keswick Barracks ;
1914 Gawler Encampment,  ASC Complement complete : inspection by Hamilton ; allocated AIF Driver number  512 as early as : 23 Feb - 10th Mch 1914
1914 Morphettville Camp 4th Coy ASC Divisional Train : Aug 1914 " F Wickes "

Enlisted AIF : 1 November 1917 ( Attested same day as 2nd youngest Brother Stanley William was wounded 1st time [ at charge of Romani ] 29 October 1917 )  
Returned: 8 January 1918, unit demobilised :
DUAL : Services AASC 1913 - 1923 / AIF 1917 - 1918 & Discharges : AIF 8 Jan 1918 " paid in full to 8 Nov 1918 after " / AASC 3 Mch 1923 ( 4th Military District, Remount Section, Keswick Barracks ) ;

claimed to have gone to Gallipoli  2-3+ times Helles Peninsula &or ANZAC Cove ? 1915 with LH ( Light Horse ) &or Mules ? trans shipments / re Supply ;
possibly via " TF " Territorial Force &or Indian Mule Train, Australian Division ( Helles V Beach under British 29th Division &or ANZAC Cove under Australian 1st &or 4th Div Train ? [ ASC Army Service Corps ] )
most probably during 1915Aug with the 2nd Offensive at Suvla Bay, Allied Landings ( not the 1st Offensive Landings 1915Apr ? ) via Lemnos, Imbros, Tenedos &or Mytlene
 
1918 AIF return in March, became Remount Section, BOTH 4th Military District, Keswick Barracks & O'Halloran Hill Remount Depot No 9 ;
1917 - 1922 contested numerous 15+ Events, Showjumping & Horses in Action, for Remount Vs Light Horse :-

After Active service ( possibly including British ASC 29th Div prior to AIF 29/10/1917 ), Francis James Weeks was awarded Showjumping trophies in his own name for Remount Vs Light Horse, up until 1922 with his old Sergeant status back, & possibly in 2 instances, with his ( 2nd oldest ) Brother, Leslie Horace Charles Weeks for Light Horse, 04/10/1920 on " Dolly " & 22/11/1920 on " Dulcie ", both Horses in Action Events, only 2 of many that Francis James Weeks also contested ;

When I & my Brother John were youngsters ( 3 - 12 years ), we use to " explore " the Store / Lean to, at the back of 37 Milner St, Hilton on Parental Friday night visits, before Ellen ( " Da " ) billeted for the West Adelaide Football Club, later to be located at their own Richmond Oval ;

Foss Williams ( 1946 - 1949, later Port Adelaide icon )

&

Ken Eustice ( 1958 - 1963, later Central District icon ) ;

I remember Grandfather Francis James Weeks :-
*  much cherished Light Horse slouch hat with plumes, always resting on the end of the Double Bed, foot board, post ;
&
*  on a much littered Work Bench with scattered War memorabilia, a particular Portrait photo of him in WW I " Digger " Uniform including the AIF British khaki woollen Peak Cap with Neck sun cape ;
that most if not all ANZACs were instructed to wear especially for the Landings, as a ploy, to signify to the Turks that they were part of a homogeneous force destined for Helles peninsula only ?

I think there were also photos of/with, his Army " buddies " all in the same British " Peak Caps " ;

There is currently a Debate of " protecting the officers " theme on the Great War Forum ( from Turkish [ & German ? ] Snipers which were very prevalent from the earliest days of the Landings ) ;
The British Peak Cap was an Officers dress look-a-like, & were subsequently discontinued for the helmet in France the following year 1916 onwards ; 

Francis James ( Jim ) Weeks NEVER mentioned any of his WAR experiences ; however he stated this 2-3+ Trans - shipments / Re - supply to Gallipoli ( possibly from Lemnos &or Imbros ; NOT via Egypt as originally thought ) story as mentioned above, in the early 1960's to me a few years before he " passed on ", in 1965 ;


Pg 164 of 400 Australia in Arms by Phillip F E Schuler 1916


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Many thanks & sincere regards
Jeff M.  Weeks
Unit 3, 371 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park, SA 5046, South Australia
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