The son of Alderman Richard Weeks and Anne Winnicott, Russell Winnicott served with the Devonshire Regiment before he was appointed a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant and seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 10 November 1916. He scored ten victories with 41 Squadron in 1917.
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Russell Winnicott, Devon. R. & R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats. In a fight against the enemy scouts he drove down two out of control. On another occasion he destroyed an enemy scout, and on three previous occasions drove down enemy machines out of control. His dash and determination were of the highest order.