The Intelligencer November 4, 1914 (page 1)

“The British War Office is giving out orders for army flannel shirts to Deacon Shirt Factorythe extent of 800,000. The manufacturers of shirts in Canada, some thirty-five, have formed themselves co-operatively to take care of this business in this country. …  M.W.B. Deacon of the Deacon Shirt Company, of this city, has been made a member of the executive committee of five who are handling this work.

This will mean that the Deacon Shirt Company who have already been working on shirt orders for the Dominion Government, will secure an order from the British War Office for from 25,000 to 30,000 shirts.”