The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper (Later Staff Sergeant) Maurice Weeks

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Maurice Arthur Weeks

Ancestor's date of birth: 17/06/1884

Ancestor's date of death: 07/06/1977

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service Number: Not known

Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: South Africa

Unit: Nesbitt's Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SSGT, Date Effective: 27/07/1916

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable.

Ship: Was born in Grahamstown South Africa, did not need to travel there.

Memorial details: Not known.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal Star, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A Carpenter by trade. 167 cm tall, weighing 57 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: Joined from high school cadets to guard on the railway at the age of 16.

Details of service in war: Saw six month's service with Nesbitt's Horse. Nesbitt's Horse (about 300 strong) was formed in the eastern Cape Colony by Colonel R A Nesbitt in December 1899. They took part in the advance from Bloemfontein to Pretoria, then in the second (guerrilla) phase of the war they were in Cape Colony. Reputedly Maurice with his brother Alan James Weeks were part of the relief force at Mafeking.

Service and life after the Boer War: Migrated to Australia. He joined the 2nd Light Horse Regiment on 25 August 1914 as an Armourer #577. Served at Gallipoli and in Egypt and Palestine. Discharged 25 April 1919. Married thereafter, had 11 children.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Glenys Dewitt, Northgate QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece

Name of Descendant: Clive Richard Weeks, BANORA POINT NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Son, youngest of 11 children

Name of Descendant: Charles Albert Weeks, Bilgola Plateau NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Youngest Son (Eldest of Twins)


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