NameJohn Keelinge DEAKIN , G Uncle
Birth13 Oct 1877, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, England
Baptism21 Oct 1877, St. Marys, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire
Death20 Sep 1917, Near Ypres
OccupationSouth African Constabulary, Soldier, Business
MotherAnnie Gibson Henry HOWKINS (1845-1932)
No Children
Notes for John Keelinge DEAKIN
John Keelinge Deakin is listed in the Oct to Dec 1877 Birth Index Thornbury District, Avon, Gloucestershire vol 6a, page 218

Listed in the christening records, John Keelinge Deakin, born October 16, 1877, Christened October 21, 1877, Almondsbury, Gloustershire. Father Keelinge Addison Deakin, mother Annie Gibson Henry.

In the 1881 census Keeling A. Deakin, age 35, born at Wolverhampton as M.A.Perpet Curate Of Cofton Hackett living at “The cottage”, Much Marcle, Hereford, England.
His wife is Annie G. H. Deakin age 35, born at Harbury, Warwick.
The children are Mary H. H. Deakin, age 6 born at Almondsbury, Glos., Ethel M., age 4 born at Almondsbury, Glos., John K., age 3 born at Almondsbury, Glos. and Elizabeth K. age 2, born at Almondsbury, Glos..
They have 3 servants including a domestic servant a nurse and an undernurse.

In the 1891 census John K. Deakin living at 40 & 42 North side Wandsworth Common, Battersea, St Mark’s Parish, London, Surrey as a scholar, his age is 13, born at Amesbury, Wiltshire (this must be an error) his relation to the head is border. His brother Robert is also a scholar. The head is William K. Suard Clerk in Holy Orders & Head Master of Boys School.

On the site
J.K. Deakin is listed as having played 2 matches for the Worcester Cathedral School on June 20 and July 20, 1893 vs the Worcestershire Club.

There is a Mr. J. K. Deakin who sailed on the KENILWORTH CASTLE on November 9, 1907 from Southhampton to Cape, South Africa. His age is listed as 29, marital status single, occupation Civil Service. The ship carried 351 passengers and had a tonnage of 7185. The steamship line was the Donald Currie and Company.

The October 4, 1917 edition of the Times page 1 states the following under Killed in Action.
DEAKIN - killed in action, on the 20th Sept. John Keelinge Deakin, South African Infantry, eldest son of the Rev. K. A. Deakin, Vicar of Cofton Hackett. age 39.

The National Probate Calendar
John Keelinge Deakin of 6 Baron Road Northfield Birmingham private 1st South African Infantry died 20 September 1917 in action in Belgium Administration (with will) Birmingham 20 March 1918 to Annie Gibson Henry Deakin [his mother] (wife of the reverend Keelinge Addison Deakin clerk) Effects 115 pounds 6 shillings and 1 pence.

1st Regt. (Inf.)., South African Infantry
Memorial Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 15 - 16 and 16A (This memorial contains the names of over 54000 men for which there is no known grave.)
also memorial at St. Michaels Church

Note: 1st South African Infantry Regiment (Cape of Good Hope Regiment)

Medal Card
J. K. Deakin 1st South African Infantry
Application for medals made by Miss H.H. Deakin on behalf of mother of the late J.K. Deakin, Private, 1st South African Infantry.
Address 6 Baron Rd, Northfield Road, Birmingham

from Remember the Fallen - Worcester Kings School
John Keelinge DEAKIN
Private, 1st Regiment (Infantry) South African Infantry (of South African nationality). Service No 13057. Died aged 39 on 20th September 1917. Son of the Reverend Keelinge A. Deakin and Annie G.H. Deakin, of Cofton Parsonage, Worcestershire, England. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 15 to 16 and 16A. Also appears on Kings School window in Worcester Cathedral Cloisters.

Private, 1st Regt., S. African Infantry.

Born, October 13, 1877. Killed in action, September 20, 1917, in France.

J. K. Deakin, the son of the Reverend K. A. Deakin, Cofton Parsonage, Alvechurch, entered the School in September, 1892, in the Third Form, from the Highfield School, Wandsworth. He left three years later and was for some years in the South African Constabulary, subsequently entering business at Evmelo [Ermelo], Transvaal, South Africa. When war broke out he volunteered and went all through the rebellion in South Africa, then through the German South West African [present day Namibia] campaign, and then volunteered for German East Africa. He was accepted, but kept at base Veterinary Hospital at Pretoria, being an expert in horseflesh. He was subsequently sent to France, where after three months service he was killed in action near Ypres. A friend writes of him: “We all feel that the School and Cathedral had a great influence on his character. He was one who always seemed to raise those about him to his own higher level in the things that matter.” He was at School under Mr. Bolland and was known as “an extra hard worker.”

W. H. C.

Source for additional information: The Vigornian, November 1917, No.90, Vol.VIII

End of quote.

For a description of the German South West African Campaign see
The Battle of Passchendaele - page 3
Entry Day 46, September 20, 1917
Near Zonnebeke
South African Brigade
The South African Brigade attacked with it’s 3rd and 4th Regiments supported by the 1st and 2nd Regiments.

The 3rd assisted the Royal Scots of 27 Bde taking Potsdam strongpoint while the 4th took Borry Farm. 1st and 2nd battalions then took over the advance. 1st Regt met no opposition on it’s advance but 2nd came under fire from positions on it’s flank in 55th Div area- Waterend House, Tulip Cottages and Hill 37. Despite this they took Zevenkote and Bremen Redoubt- not without considerable difficulty- and then formed a defensive flank along the Zonnebeke until 55th Div moved up.

A counterattack was thrown back at 5 pm.

End of quote.

In the National Archives of South Africa there are some records which could be checked. All of these are from the
National Archives Repository (Public Records of former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as of magistrates and local authorities)

1903/03/14 to 1909/08/31 Records and Conduct of Service of John Keelinge Deakin
1906 …………………………… Appointment Constable JK Deakin as Public Prosecutor, Court of Resident Justice of the Peace, Vleyplaats
1909/02/02 to 1910/03/15 No.904, Corporal JK Deakin, Ermelo District
1909 ………. to 1920 ?…….. JK Deakin, Krugersdorp, dairy correspondence
1911 …………………………… Sale of boar to JK Deakin, Ermelo.

Interestingly John Keelinge Deakin and his first cousin Algernon Essex Capell both served in the South African Constabulary.
AE Capell served in the Cape Mounted Rifles then transferred to Bethune’s Horse at the outbreak of the Second Boer War. He was captured in 1900 and after being released later that year became a Captain in the SAC, Major in 1902 until 1908.
JK Deakin joined the SAC in 1903 to 1910.

World War I Locations
I thought I would try to locate where Percy Simmonds was badly wounded (Battle of Mount Sorrel), Margaret Deakin (Percy’s future wife) was stationed (Saint-Omer) and where her brother John Keelinge Deakin was killed in in action (Battle of Menin Road Bridge). To my surprise the locations where John Deakin was killed and where Percy Simmonds was wounded were only about 3 miles apart although separated by 15 months in time. Margaret Deakin’s station at St Omer was about 26 miles from both. It would seem that Margaret Deakin was in France when her brother was killed in action, but not when her future husband was wounded.
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