Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Deacon

Photo of Edmund Deacon
House and time at Malvern: No 3, 1888 - 1890.

Regiment: Essex Yeomanry.
Died: 13 May 1915 aged 43 in Belgium. Killed in action at Ypres.
Battle: Second Battle of Ypres. Cemetery: Ypres Menin Gate Panel 15

Son of E. Deacon, Buxted Park, Uckfield. B. 1872.
Army Class. School Prefect. XXII Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst 1891; 1st King’s Dragoon Guards 1892; retired 1899; M.P.H. East Essex, Newmarket and Thurlow; D.L. co. Essex 1912; Lieut.-Colonel Essex Yeomanry 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Commanded Essex Yeomanry formerly 1st (King's) Dragoon Guard.

Husband of Sybil Deacon, of Sloe House, Halstead, Essex.
Master of the Essex Foxhounds.

'After leaving Malvern, he went to Sandhurst and was gazetted to the 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1891. He retired in 1899, and became successively Master of the East Essex and the Newmarket and Thurlow Hunts. When the Essex Yeomanry was formed, in 1901, he joined with the rank of Major, having raised a squadron in his own Hunt. In 1911 he was given command of the regiment. The Essex was one of the first Yeomanry Regiments to be chosen for active service, and left England for France in November 1914. He was killed, while still in command of the Yeomanry, at the second battle of Ypres, May 13th, 1915. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).

He was killed during the attack at 2.15pm to reoccupy front line trenches east of Potijze, near Ypres.
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