[Skip to content]

Person Details
03 Oct 1884
Frank was the son of Frederick and Georgina Dean; his service record gives his place of birth as the parish of St Saviour's, Nottingham (Meadows). The Register of Births Index gives the date of registration of Frank's birth as Oct/Nov/Dec 1884 and the 1901 census gives his age as 16, although the Royal Marine records give his date of birth as 3 October 1883. Frank may have deliberately given an earlier date of birth when he joined the RMLI in July 1901 - if born in 1884 he would have been only 16 years old whereas if born in 1883 he would have been 18 years old within a few months of joining. Frederick Dean married Georgina Poyser (b. abt. 1860, London) in Nottingham in 1881 (Oct/Nov/Dec) and according to the 1911 census they had been married for 29 years and had had ten children born alive of who only eight were still living at the time of the census. Nine children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911; Augusta Elizabeth, George Edmund Frederick, Frank Poyser, Grace Marion/Marion Grace, William Henry (b. 1888, d. 1891), Annie Edith, Georgina Frances, John Alexander and Reginald William (b. 12 Sept 1901). All the children were born in Nottingham. In 1891 Frederick (49), a painter and paperhanger (own account), and Georgina (30) were living at 18 High Cross Street, Nottingham, in the parish of St Mary's. They had six children: Augusta (9), George (7), Frank (6), Grace (4), William (3, d. 1891 J/A/S) and Annie. Also in the household was Georgina's mother, Hannah Poyser (62, b. Turnditch, Derbys). By 1901 they were living at 20 High Cross Street; their seven children were at home on the night of the census; Augusta (18), George (17, painter and paperhanger), Frank (16), Annie (11), Georgina (9), John (5) and Marion (2). Frank joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry several months later on 15 July 1901. He married Ada Burns in Nottingham five years later in 1906 (registered Oct/Nov/Dec). Frederick and Georgina had moved to 15 Bond Street, Sneinton, by 1911. Frederick, now 69, was still working as a painter and decorator and his wife was a dresser at the theatre. Frederick incorrectly included his daughter, Augusta ('actress'), and Frank ('Royal Marine'), in the census but then deleted their names as both had left home. Augusta has not yet been traced on this census, but Frank was serving in China. Six of their other children though were at home on the night of the census; George (lamplighter), Annie (lace hand), Georgina (curtain hand), John (pawnbroker), Marion and Reginald (9). Frank and Ada, were living at 1 Radnor Street, Nottingham at the time of his death. Their two year-old child, Allan Leon Dean, died on 19th November 1918; an obituary was published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 20th November 1918 : “DEAN. - November 19th, Allan Leon, the beloved child of the late Sergt. F. P. Dean, R.M.L.I., and Ada Dean, 1, Radnor-street, aged 2 years.” Frank's mother, Georgina, died in 1925 (registered Dec) aged 65, and his father, Frederick, in 1927 (registered June) aged 82.
He joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 15 July 1901
05 Jun 1916
667365 - CWGC Website
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Portsmouth Division. Frank joined the RMLI on 15 July 1901. In 1911 he was serving in China; his last ship was HMS Hampshire. The armoured cruiser HMS Hampshire was on passage to north Russia with Field Marshall Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, onboard when on 5 June the ship was sunk by a mine off Marwick Head, Orkney. Kitchener, his staff and 643 men were lost. Frank's body was recovered and he is buried in Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Isle of Hoy, Orkneys (grave ref. Block F8)
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 12 June 1916: 'Dean. Lost on June 5th with HMS Hampshire, Sgt FP Dean, husband of Ada Dean, 1 Radnor Street, son of Frederick and Georgina Dean.' In memoriam published 5th June 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “DEAN. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sergt. F. P. Dean, R.M.L.I., lost on H.M.S. Hampshire. A day of remembrance sad to recall. – Sorrowing mother, father, sisters, and brothers. “DEAN. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Sergeant F. P. Dean, lost on H.M.S. Hampshire, June 5th, 1916. – Wife and children.” Above in memoriam are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. 2016 - A First World War Centenary Wood devised by the Woodland Trust has been planted at Kirkwall, Orkney. The copse will be planted with 746 saplings to commemorate the 737 men lost in HMS Hampshire and also the nine men lost from the drifter Lauren Crown which struck a mine after she was sent to help clear the minefield.
Remembered on