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Colonel Deacon.jpgMajor William Deacon CB, MID (Later Colonel William Deacon CB, MID, VD)

Date of birth: 10/07/1850 Date of death: 04/05/1916

Cause of Death: Dengue Fever

Originally a Captain in Ipswich Mounted Rifles (a volunteer unit) and later a Colonel, he served the in the Boer War as Captain (17/11/1894) Ipswich 'C' Company of Mounted Infantry.

He was the son of a saddler also named William Deacon who came to Australia in 1849 aboard the emigrant ship ‘Fortitude’. After the death of his father and remarriage of his mother William Junior was raised by his grandfather Reverend Thomas Deacon and by two uncles - Thomas Towell and Samuel Shenton. William opened a business and later married a Miss Bugler. Worked as Postmaster, Alderman, Mayor of Ipswich 1896-1897, Director of the Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company.

Service Number: Officer - no number

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Ipswich

Unit: 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: MAJ, Date Effective: 19/11/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): COL, Date Effective: 13/01/1912

Murray Page: 479

Contingent: Fourth Queensland

Ship: Manchester Port, Date of Sailing: 18/05/1900

Memorial details: Buried Ipswicch QLD

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony and SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Community Leader, businessman

Reasons to go and fight: Serving soldier.

Details of service in war: June 1900 - July 1901 in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, Cape Colony including actions at Rhenoster Kop and Zilikat's Nek. Mentioned in Despatches twice, April and May 1901. Awarded the CB.

In command of the 4 QIB from 19 November 1900, 'till 7 August 1901.

He was an Alderman from 23/1/1891-28/5/1900 and from 30/6/1902-10/5/1915 and was the first native-born Mayor of Ipswich, holding the office of mayor in 1896, 1897 and 1908.

He was also a director of the Qld Woollen Manufacturing Co.

Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company Limited

1884  Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company was established before 1884.

1901  Company was shown on share trading lists in this year.

1968  Name change to Australian Fabric Manufacturers on 12 December 1968.

1973  Name change to A.F.M. Developments Limited on 6 December 1973.

1987  Company taken over by Max Frost Pty Limited on 4 March 1987.