Henry John Deagon

Henry John Deagon ©

Henry John Deagon ©

Date of birth: 1889
Place of birth: Plymouth, Devon
Date of marriage: 1916
Place of marriage: Plymouth, Devon
Service No.: 25430 (ex 22855 Somerset Light Infantry)
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Duke of Edinburgh Wiltshire
Battalion: Knot known
Died: 31st July 1917 aged 27
Death location: Belgium





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Life before the war
Henry John Deagon, born in Plymouth, was the son of Stephen and Cornelia.

In the 1911 census the family, Henry with his sister Ethel and their parents, were living in Southampton at 12 Westridge Road:

Stephen aged 58
Cornelia also aged 58
Ethel aged 28
Henry aged 21 – working as a Clerk.

Henry married his wife, Bessie Hill Smith, in 1916 in Plymouth, Devon.


Military service
Henry served in the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private and subsequently as a Lance Corporal in the Duke of Edinburgh Wiltshire Regiment and was killed in action on 31st July 1917 at Hooge Chateau.  The chateau and stables were the scene of very fierce fighting throughout the whole of the First World War.

Henry is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery (Grave ref XIII F15).  The cemetery is 4km east of Ieper on the road connecting Ieper & Menen and was designed by Sir Edwyn Luytens.


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:  1899 – 1906

Education & Employment:  Henry attended Miss Bennett’s school before joining Taunton’s.  He earned a medal for attendance at Taunton’s for being neither late nor absent for 6 years.  After school, Henry worked as a clerk for a lead works.

Life during the War:  Henry was born in Plymouth and his parents returned to live there after the war.  He married Bessie Hill Smith in 1916 and they lived on Thornton Avenue in Plymouth  He enlisted in Southampton, joined the Somerset Light Infantry, before moving to the 2nd Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment, where he rose to the rank of Lance Corporal.  He was killed in action in France.

Henry died on 31st July 1917 aged 27 years.


Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published: 15th April 2013
Updated: Insert dates here

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