Alfred Daniel Weeks

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           4635

Unit:                     1st/4th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment

Alfred was born in Soundwell, Bristol in 1881.  He was the son of Samuel & Sarah Weeks.  A 10 year old schoolboy in 1891 he was living with his family at Bell Hill Road St George; his father was a mason from Bitton, Gloucestershire.   By the time of the 1901 census we find him living with his parents at 17 Bell Hill, his father now a sanitary drain inspector & Alfred‘s occupation is a wood carver.  In 1903 Alfred married Annie Bryant, by 1911 they had 3 children; Fred William b 1903, Lillian b 1906 & Alfred Samuel b 1909, they lived at 6 nelson place, Plumbers Hill, St George, Bristol.

The 1/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion was a territorial force base at Queens Road Clifton. In August 1914 they moved to Swindon & then Maldon in Essex for training prior to going to the Western Front. They embarked and landed at Boulogne on 15th May 1915.  The regiment was part of the 48th Midland Division that occupied Pozieres during July 1916.

Alfred did not see service in the “Theatre of War” until 1916; he was killed in action on 17th July 1917.

Alfred is buried & remembered with honour in the Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood. Grave Reference II.E.2.

Image by kind permission of CWGC.

Alfred was entitled to The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 UK census

Briish Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards

Wikipedia.