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Michael Deacon / Deacons

Rank: Private / Guardsman
Street: The Hill
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Alternative Address: Moxham Street, Granard / Creevy, Granard, Co. Longford
Census 1901: Living with his family at Moxham Street
Census 1911: Living with his wife at The Hill,
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards
Regiment Number: 6815
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the War

Michael Deacons was born 22 October 1885 in Granard.

Pte Deacons enlisted with the Irish Guards along with other men from the town: Gaffney, Smyth and Donovan. He was sent to the front c.August 1915 and was injured in the Battle of Guillemont (3-6 September 1916), one of the primary engagements of the Battle of the Somme.

Michael married Elizabeth Monaghan in May 1909 at Granard. After the war, Deacons settled back in Granard, working primarily as a fowl dealer. Michael's younger brother Thomas emigrated to the US and served with the US Army during the Great War.

Parents Names: Son of John Deacons and and Mary (née Hinds), Granard.
Notes: A Longford Leader reference to Mr. Deacons from 1926 suggests that he was a Sergeant in the Irish Guards, however this may have been after the Great War; his army record is not publicly available to view, likely by virtue of being destroyed during WW2.

Civil Record of birth; Civil Record of marriage; / Longford Leader, Brisk Recruiting; Longford Leader, Fallen in the Advance;

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