Weeks, Ernest Geoffrey

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Ernest Geoffrey Weeks
30 May 1896 – 7 September 1987
Brigadier Weeks portrait (2).jpg
Nickname Bunny
Place of birth Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Place of death Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Place of burial Sherwood Cemetery, Charlottetown PEI
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1910 - 1949
Rank Major-General
Awards CB, CBE, MC with bar, MM with bar

Major-General Ernest Geoffrey Weeks CB, CBE, MC, MM, CD (30 May 1896 - 7 September 1987) was a Canadian soldier in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

Personal Life

Ernest Geoffrey Weeks, also known as "Bunny", was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, May 30, 1896. He was the son of Major William Arthur Weeks and Fanny Maria Weeks both of Charlottetown. He was educated at Prince of Wales College and married Winnifred (Vivien) Rose Scott of Toronto (4 October 1930[1]) and they had one son, William Alwyn Weeks. He died in Charlottetown at the age of 91 on September 7, 1987.[2]

Service

Weeks served in the Canadian militia from 1910-1914 prior to going overseas in the Great War. He served with the 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company, C.E.F and received his commission in the field. He was decorated for outstanding service receiving the Military Medal[3] with bar[4] and the Military Cross[5] with bar[6].

After he returned to Canada he was promoted to captaincy and commanded District Signals sections throughout Canada. He was transferred to National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa as Assistant-Director of Organization in 1938 and was then saw active service in the Second World War. During the war he served as Commanding Officer First Canadian Corps Signals (17 Oct 1939 to 19 May 1940), Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster-General 2nd Canadian Division (20 May 1940 to 5 October 1941), General Staff Officer I 2nd Canadian Division (6 October 1941 to 14 October 1941), Director of Military Training, National Defence Headquarters (15 October 1941 to 1 February 1942), Deputy Adjutant-General, National Defence Headquarters (2 February 1942 to 10 April 1942), Deputy Chief General Staff, National Defence Headquarters (11 April 1942 to 29 June 1943), Assistant Deputy Adjutant-General Canadian Military Headquarters, England (1 July 1943 to 12 February 1944), Chief Canadian Section 1st Echelon Headquarters Allied Armies Italy (13 February 1944 to 29 November 1944) and Chief Administration Officer Canadian Military Headquarters, England (30 November 1944 to 31 August 1945).[7] In recognition of his service in the Second World War he was made a Companion of the Order of Bath[8], a Commander of the Order of the British Empire[9] and was Mentioned in Despatches[10]. In addition, he was made a Commander de l’Ordre de la Couronne (Belgium)[11] and received the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) (USA)[12].

Following the War, Weeks served as Adjutant-General at National Defence Headquarters until his retirement in 1949.[2]

Military Cross Citation

The citation for Weeks' first Military Cross, won as an 'Immediate Award' for service during the attack on HILL 70 Aug 15, 1917[13] read:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of the buried cable system in the forward area, he displayed the greatest coolness and disregard of personal safety, making several reconnaissances through heavy fire, and sparing no effort to secure valuable information for his brigade headquarters. He set a splendid example to his men.

Military Medal Citation

The citation for Weeks' first Military Medal read:

For devotion to duty on the night of April 26th 1916 during the bombardment on the 1st Bde front whom after all the lines to the right battalion at the Dump had been smashed by shell fire, Sgt Weeks and another went out and succeeded in repairing the lines under heavy shell fire. Both had previously rendered useful service as linesmen at Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy.

Bar to the Military Medal Citation

The citation for Weeks' Bar to the Military Medal read:

For constant and conspicuous gallantry as a telephone line man notable on Sept 9th during an intense enemy bombardment. Sgt Weeks went over the open and despite the heavy shelling, succeeded in restoring communications twice buried in so doing. On 10th September the N.C.O. again greatly distinguished himself under similar conditions running a line across open country.


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References

  1. Dawn Ellis Genealogy Page
  2. 2.0 2.1 Archives Council of Prince Edward Island website
  3. The London Gazette, Supplement 29780. 10 October, 1916. Page 9839.
  4. The London Gazette, Supplement 29912. 19 January, 1917. Page 838.
  5. The London Gazette, Supplement 30340. 16 October, 1917. Page 10713.
  6. The London Gazette, Supplement 31219. 7 March, 1919. Page 3235.
  7. http://www.generals.dk/general/Weeks/Ernest_Geoffrey/Canada.html
  8. The London Gazette, Supplement 37408. 28 December, 1945.
  9. The London Gazette, Supplement 36917. 30 January, 1945. Page 676.
  10. The London Gazette, Supplement 37521. 2 April, 1946. Page 1715.
  11. 17 July 1948
  12. 26 July 1947
  13. 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company War Diary, 29 September 1917.