SECOND LIEUTENANT REGINALD PENKIVIL OLIVE WEEKES
ROYAL FLYING CORPS
7TH MAY 1917 AGE 19
BURIED: CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, FRANCE
Nineteen-year-old Reginald Weekes, 10th Squadron RFC, was 'killed in aerial action returning from a bombing expedition'. His father, Captain Reginald Newton Weekes RAMC, was also serving in the war, as a surgeon at the 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham. I find it interesting when families feel the need to record who the casualty was in terms of their relationship with him, and to say where he lived. All this is recorded in the cemetery register; but not, I suppose, the fact that he was 'beloved' and not that he was his parents' 'only' child. For Captain and Mrs Weekes these were important details.