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Epperstone Nottinghamshire
He was the son of Charles Edward and Rebecca Dean and the brother of Lily Mary, Bertie, Harold, Edward Leslie, Clarence Willie and Florence Mabel Dean. In 1911 they lived at 147 Birkin Avenue and later at 180 Gregory Boulevard (both Nottingham). Army Form W5080. Relatives of the above-named deceased: Lab. Corps, 166739 Pte Sidney Dean deceased. Relatives: father, Charles Edward Dean, 180 Gregory Blvd, mother Rebecca Dean, four brothers: Bertie 21 years, Harold 19 years, Leslie 16 years, Clarence 14 years and two sisters: Lily Mary Dean 24, Florence Mabel Dean 10.
In 1911, Dean was an apprentice jeweller. At the time he attested in 1915 he was a yarn dyer's labourer.
20 Feb 1918
178387 - CWGC Website
25th Bn Durham Light Infantry
His army service record survives. He attested on 7 December 1915 and was transferred to the Army Reserve on 8 December 1915 and mobilized 22 January 1915. It appears from his service record that he was found medically unfit and demobilized 24 January 1916 but was posted to the 19th Sherwood Foresters (training reserve) and eventually to a works battalion. He was on home service from 7 December 1915 to 2 December 1917 but joined the BEF in December 1917. The 25th was a Works battalion; Dean was transferred to (166739) 78th Labour Corps on 3 December 1917. He died of pneumonia the following year, probably at No 20 Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried in the Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux (grave ref ll.A.26).
His few personal belongings were returned to his mother in August 1918: one letter, pocket book, scarf, comb, purse. His mother received his scroll of honour in May 1920. Obituary published 4th March 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “DEAN. – Died of pneumonia, February 21st, Pte. Syd Dean, aged 21, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Dean, 180, Gregory-boulevard. – Deeply mourned by father, mother, brother, and sisters. “DEAN. – Died of pneumonia, Pte. Syd Dean. – With deepest sympathy, Mr. and Mrs. A. Blackshaw and May.” Above are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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