WEEKLEY, Ian Ross

1932 - 2005

Ian Ross Charles Weekley, was born at Brentford, West London on 14 May 1932, son of Charles Montague [Monty] Ernest Weekley (15 June 1900-30 January 1982), of the Victoria & Albert Museum and curator of Bethnal Green Museum, and his wife, Vera Edith née Ross (24 October 1899-3 December 1973), a painter and poster designer, who married at Kensington, London in 1930. In 1939, Monty was working for the Ministry of Supply, living at 1 Denbigh Gardens, Richmond, Surrey and Vera was living at The Chalet, Stanley Hill Avenue, Amersham, Buckinghamshire with their son Ian. Ian studied illustration and printmaking at Sir John Cass School of Art and, after National Service in the Army, did a postgraduate year at the Central School of Art and Crafts, studying illustration under Keith Vaughan (1912-1977). He taught printmaking at Luton Art School afterwards was head of graphics at Great Yarmouth School of Art. He took a career break in 1975 when, together with his second wife, moved to Jeddah and ran the Saudi Arabian Airlines graphics studio. On his return to the UK, he began making model castles, subsequently winning the first Polka Award of the Toymakers Guild. Ian served his National Service as an officer in the Royal Army Service Corps and on his demobilisation, launched the business 'Battlements' and wrote for hobby magazines and in 1989 his book, 'Buildings for the Military Modeller' appeared. He married on 10 August 1957, Anthea Frances Wynne Ionides (born 1935) which marriage was dissolved in 1969, when he married Rosemary Turner née Mason. Ian died at Ipswich on 21 December 2005 and was buried in All Saints New Church burial ground, Hollesley, Suffolk.




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