A Bootle Boy

A Bootle Boy

The sad loss of a young son.

Private George Francis Deacon, No. 49013.
George was born in Bootle on 17 June 1899, the youngest son of William and Elizabeth Deacon. He had one brother, William, and 5 sisters – Catherine, Cecilia, Mary, Dorothy and Winifred.
His Army records are difficult to read, but show that he was called up for Service on 27 July 1917, enlisting in Seaforth, and was posted to the 50th Training Battalion, of the King’s Liverpool Regiment. In October he was posted to the 53rd (YS) Battalion and in December to the 51st Battalion. Then, in April 1918, he was transferred to the 7th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment and was serving with them when he was killed on 18 September 1918.
However, he was only posted as “missing” and, although his father tried to get further information, both by writing to the Army and through an article in the Bootle Times, he was never found. Consequently his mother refused to accept that he was dead and did not want his name to be inscribed on any memorials. He is, however, recorded on the Memorial at Vis-en-Artois, the Bootle Civic Memorial and at Bryant & May Matchworks where he had worked.
In 1919 a Private Timms found a photograph lying in the road in the vicinity of Eppy. The photograph had been hit with shrapnel. He wrote to the photographer, who identified the young lady in the photograph. The young lady, aged 15 or 16, sent Private Timms’ letter and the photograph to George’s family. Unfortunately her letter, name and any other details about her have been lost. All we know is that George was writing to her and that she was the sister of one of George’s fellow soldiers.

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