Ronald Weeks, 1st Baron Weeks

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The Lord Weeks
Ronald Weeks in 1942.jpg
Born (1890-11-13)13 November 1890
Died 19 August 1960(1960-08-19) (aged 69)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross & Bar

Lieutenant-General Ronald Morce Weeks, 1st Baron Weeks KCB, CBE, DSO, MC & Bar, TD (13 November 1890 – 19 August 1960) was a British Army General during the Second World War.

Military career[edit]

Lady Weeks, wife of Lieutenant General Sir Ronald Weeks, Deputy Chief of Imperial Staff, walking with Commander E R Micklem, CBE, Managing Director of Vickers Armstrong, at the Vickers Armstrong Yard in Barrow-in-Furness.

Weeks was commissioned into the South Lancashire Regiment of the Territorial Army in 1913.[1] He served in the Rifle Brigade during the First World War and then retired from military service in 1919.[1]

He was re-employed during the Second World War initially as Chief of Staff for the Territorial Division and then as a Brigadier on the General Staff of Home Forces in 1940.[1] He was appointed Director General of Army Equipment in 1941 and Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1942.[1] He then became Deputy Military Governor and Chief of Staff of the British Zone for the Allied Control Council in Germany in 1945; in that capacity he was involved in negotiations to avoid the Berlin Blockade.[2] He retired from the Army later that year.[1]

He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917,[3] and a Bar to the Military Cross in 1918.[4] He was appointed to the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1918,[5] made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1939[6] and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1943.[7]

Later life[edit]

After the war Weeks became Chairman of Vickers.[8] In 1956 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Weeks, of Ryton in the County Palatine of Durham.[9]


Lord Weeks had two daughters: The Hon. Pamela Rose Weeks (1931–)[10] and the Hon. Venetia Daphne Weeks (1933–).[11] Pamela married Henry Walter Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax (1928–) and Venetia married Sir Peter Troubridge (1927–1988).

Lord Weeks died in August 1960, aged 69, when the barony became extinct.

Styles of address[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Berlin Airlift: The Salvation of a City By Jon Sutherland, Diane Canwell, Page 11 Pelican, 2008, ISBN 978-1-58980-550-7
  3. ^ a b "No. 29886". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1917. p. 43. 
  4. ^ a b "No. 30813". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 July 1918. p. 8767. 
  5. ^ a b "No. 30450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1918. p. 27. 
  6. ^ a b "No. 34585". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 January 1939. p. 8. 
  7. ^ a b "No. 36033". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1943. p. 2419. 
  8. ^ Rotol-Messier Apprentices Rewarded Flight, 20 May 1955
  9. ^ a b "No. 40827". The London Gazette. 10 July 1956. p. 4025. 
  10. ^ The
  11. ^ The
Military offices
Preceded by
Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Sidney Kirkman
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Weeks