Born: April 1884, Hucknall, Notts
Died: 4 July 1915, Hertford British Hospital, Paris
Buried: Le Vallois-Perret Communal Cemetery, Paris
Address: 4 Wellington St, Leeds Road, Windhill
Parents: Ephraim and Emma
Spouse: Mabel, nee Houghton
Siblings: Herbert, Mark, Mrs Thos Wright, Mrs James Green
Occupation: formerly a miner in Hucknall
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Henry ‘Harry’ Deakin
A touching tribute to a brave soldier, Pte Henry Deakin of the Grenadier Guards, who was mortally wounded in action last November and who recently passed away at a hospital in Paris, is contained in a report from Mr W H Hearn, the British Consul General in France. The late Pte Deakin was a son of Mr and Mrs Ephraim Deakin, formerly of Hucknall, near Nottingham, who now reside at 4 Wellington Street, Leeds Road, Windhill. Mr Hearn writes as follows: ‘I regret to inform you that there passed away in the Hertford British Hospital in Paris, on Sunday, the 4th July, one of the finest and bravest Nottinghamshire men it has been my fortune to meet. ‘Henry Deakin was born at Hucknall in April 1884, the won of Ephraim and Emma Deakin. From the age of 13 to 20 he worked in a coalmine in Hucknall but when he married at the age of 24, Mabel Houghton of Edingley, they went and lived at Edwinstowe. ‘At 21 he enlisted in the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in which he served three years. He later joined the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards and with them came to France in the Expeditionary Force and they
formed part of the Fourth Guards’ Brigade, which was engaged in the first battle of Ypres. ‘Henry Deakin was wounded there on 12 November 1914 by shrapnel in the base of the spine and was brought to the British Red Cross Hospital in Paris where he arrived on November 16th and, paralysed in his lower extremities, remained there until that hospital was closed. ‘On 3 February 1915 he was moved to the Hertford British Hospital where he remained until he passed away. ‘His case was hopeless from the first and in March his wife came out to him and passed her time in making him comfortable and happy for the four months that he lingered on after she arrived at the hospital.  Deakin endeared himself to everyone in the hospital and to all who visited him there. Helplessly bed-ridden and often suffering intense pain and discomfort he was always cheerful and had a kindly word for everyone and a ready wit, especially when it concerned a too
pitying or sanctimonious visitor. ‘He was as brave in his bed as he had been in the trenches and bore his cross with exemplary patience and unselfishness and during the six months I knew Henry Deakin I felt that it was  a privilege as well as a pleasure to visit him and that he could not but exercise a good influence on those who came in contact with him. ‘He was buried this morning, July 7, in the plot of the cemetery at Lavallois-Perret given by the municipality for British soldiers. The funeral was attended by the Mayor, the chief of the veteran soldiers, the doctors and nurses of the Hertford British Hospital, by myself and many of those who had known him well during his last months here. ‘The Rev Arstruther Carden officiated and the Mayor of Levallois-Perret and the chief of the veteran soldiers made patriotic and friendly addresses at the graveside. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and many flowers and a
contingent of British and French soldiers acted as escort and bearers.’ The dead hero was one of three brothers serving in the Forces. Mark Deakin is a  corporal in the 2nd Battlion of the Sherwood Foresters, while Herbert Deakin is serving in the West Yorkshire Regiment. The family consists of five sons and seven daughters. Two of the married daughters have lived in the Shipley district for several years – Mrs Thomas Wright in Piccadilly and Mrs James Edgar Green in Valley Street, Windhill. Mrs Green’s husband is serving in the Royal Field Artillery and she is now residing at Kippax. Shipley Times & Express 23 July 1915
‘He was as brave in his bed as he had been in the trenches and bore his cross with exemplary patience and unselfishness’
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