Southwater War Memorial
Acting Major Royal Field Artillery C Battery, 113th Brigade.
25 years service in the same regiment.
Served in India and the Boxer Rising in China 1900, being with his battery at the relief of Pekin.
At the outbreak of War he was a Sergeant-Major-Instructor in a Territorial Battery, but soon posted as a Second Lieutenant to a Battery of the New Army and proceeded to France in November 1915.
He went through the British offensive on the Somme 1916 and then sent north to Ypres. He was promoted Captain, and received his majority soon after.
In October 1917 he was wounded and came to England, and was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s dispatches in December. On recovering from his wounds he was posted to a battery at home, but volunteered to go to France again, and rejoined his old battery near Ypres as Major.
14th May 1918 of wounds
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery VII. 8.45
Husband of JE Deacon of 121 Huntly Street, Aberdeen to whom the medals were issued on 25th October 1928|
Eldest son of Mr & Mrs Deacon, 2 Poplar Villas, Station Road, Southwater
His father also served the Royal Artillery for 22 years
His four brothers were:
Major William John Deacon who joined the Royal Artillery at the age of 14 and served for 21 years, being Quarter Master Sergeant in August 1914 before being sent to France with his battery, who were in the retreat from Mons
Alfred Deacon was serving on HMT… ( no ship’s name given for security reasons)
George Deacon who joined the Royal Artillery at the age of 14, serving three years, ten months before being invalided out before the war.
Albert Deacon served on HMS…. As first-class boy and saw service in German East Africa, during the war and was invalided out.
Awarded Military Cross. 16.9.1918 “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a hostile attack, when his battery was shelled by day and night, he encouraged his men in carrying out their tasks of counter-preparation and harrasing fire by his cheerfulness and contempt of personal danger, until severely wounded by a shell splinter.
Boulogne Eastern Cemetry, FRANCE