WW2 Distinguished Service Medal named M39282 A H WEEKS SB CPO HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, 1939/45, Atlantic, Africa Stars, Defence & War Medals all unnamed as issued, UN Korea Medal unnamed as issued, Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal named M39282 A H WEEKS SB CPO HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, Civil Defence Long Service Medal unnamed as issued & Malta 50 years centenary Medal unnamed as issued all mounted on a bar to wear.
Bought direct from family.
Alfred Harry Weeks born 4 Mar 1907 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire was a Bakers Assistant when he joined the Royal Navy on 17th Jul 1925 for 12 years service numbered M29282. After training he served on HMS Eagle, Navid, Herald, Drake, Revenge, Repulse & Cornwall as a Sick Berth Attendant. WW2 started he was on HMS Kestrel till 2nd Jan 1940, then HMS illustrious. It was on her that Alfred took part on the Battle of Taranto in late 1904 destroying several Italian ships. In Jan 1941 illustrious was escorting ships to Malta when she was attacked on 10th Jan, being hit six times affecting her steering, another attack later on, hit her only once and she was docked in Malta for repairs. While docked at Malta on 16th Jan she was hit a few more times causing minor damage. She was quickly repaired and sailed for Egypt and then on to USA for repairs. Alfred was awarded a DSM LG 17th June 1941 for the fighting the attack around Malta when he was Sick Berth Chief Petty Officer. In the attack in Jan 1941, 126 sailors were killed and 91 wounded. Awarded his LS&GC June 1940.
Alfred left her in Jan 1942 whilst she was being repaired and was put on HMS Furious. No further information available.