Date added: 26 Jan 2015
John Deakin who was my 5 x great Grandfather was born 1792 in Bromsgrove to Clement and Mary Deakin. He joined the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons at Birmingham in 1803, aged just 11, and was promoted to Trumpeter at 14 years old.
He married Margery Masterton in 1816 and the baptismal records of their 11 children show the movements of his battalion through Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Ireland etc.
He served at Waterloo, as a Trumpeter in a sub unit of Captain William F Haddon's Troop, during which he sustained a lance wound. John was discharged from the regular army aged 44 and joined the Sheffield Yeomanry.
His funeral in 1856 was reported in the Sheffield Independent as follows: 29th March 1856.
"Funeral of A Trumpeter of TheYeomanry."
"On Tuesday afternoon a large concourse of people assembled at the Sheffield Cemetery, to witness the interment of John Deakin, a trumpeter in the Sheffield Yeomanry Cavalry. The deceased was 66 years of age, and had been in the troop 17 years, previous to which he had been in the regular regiments and was present at Waterloo. The Sheffield troops met at the Angel Inn, at half past two o'clock and from thence proceeded to the deceased's house, in Landsdowne Road, from whence they marched in procession, headed by the band playing the 'Dead March in Saul' to the Cemetery. The usual military ceremonies were observed at the side of the grave, after which the troops returned by the same route."
We are incredibly proud of our Great Grandfather but have nowhere to go show our respects: Sheffield CityCouncil, in their wisdom, removed and crushed his headstone "to create apark area" in the 1970's. I am still very upset about this. Luckily I have the transcript of his headstone:
'In memory of John Deakin who departed this life March 2 1856 aged 66 years. After serving his country faithfully as trumpeter major for upwards of 30 years in the Inniskilling Dragoons during which time he was wounded at Waterloo, he obtained his discharge from HM service and joined the 1st W.Y.Y. Cavalry and for 18 years discharged the duties of trumpeter to Captain Jeffcock's troops. May he rest in peace.'