George Francis Deacon was born in Bootle on the 27th June 1899 and baptised at St.James' R.C. Church, Bootle. He was the son of William Deacon and Elizabeth (nee Donoher). His siblings were Catherine Hatton (born 1892), Christina (born 1893), Cecilia (born 1895) and William Edward (born 1897).
 
1901 Census:  61 Keats Street, Bootle  - Parents with children Catherine, Cecilia, William E and George F
 
1911 Census:  51 Wordsworth Street, Bootle  - Parents with children Catherine, Cecilia, William, George, Mary, Dorothy and Winnifred - They had been married 19 years with 8 children born and 7 still alive
 
His family received notification that he was missing and several requests for information appeared in the Bootle Times His photo appeared in the reports and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo. .
 

MISSING ST.JAMES "OLD BOY."

   Pte. George Deacon (No. 49013), D Company, 14th Platoon, 7th Norfolk Regiment, a Bootle lad, has been missing since September 18th.
   He is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Deacon, 51, Wordsworth-street, Bootle, by whom any information respecting him will be gratefully received. The young soldier attended St.James' Schools and was afterwards employed by Bryant May, Ltd., at the Matchworks.
 

Bootle Times 3rd January 1919

ST.JAMES' "OLD BOY."

INFORMATION DESIRES BY PARENTS

     Private George Deacon (No. 49013), D Company, 14th Platoon, 7th Norfolk Regiment, a Bootle lad, has been reported missing since September 18th. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Deacon, 51, Wordsworth-street, Bootle, by whom any information respecting him will be gratefully received.
     The young soldier - he was 19 on June 27th last - along with his elder brother, attended St.James' School, and both were afterwards employed by Messrs. Bryant and May, Ltd., at the Matchworks. At the age of 18 he joined the K.L.R., but was subsequently transferred to the Norfolk Regiment. After about six months' training, he was sent to France, and had taken part in some of the roughest work. The last letter to his parents, received about a week before he was reported missing, was in bright and cheery terms.
     The elder son of Mt. and Mrs. Deacon is still in the King's. He served during the greater portion of the war, and is now in the vicinity of the Somme.
 

Bootle Times 27th December 1918