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William Harry George DEAN

Regimental number3592
Place of birthBairnsdale, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShip's fireman
AddressLindisfarne, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Dean, Lindisfarne, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 6 June 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Bar to Military Medal)

Work near Rosieres on 19 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 21 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Stated to be William Henry Dean on the Nominal Roll.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In the vicinity of VILLERS BRETONNEUX on the 2nd June 1918, while the forward section of his Battery was being heavily bombarded, Sergeant DEAN behaved in a very gallant manner in leaving a place of comparative safety to extinguish a fire which had extended from an adjoining gun pit that had been demolished and threatened to envelope the remaining gun and ammunition. This action undoubtedly saved considerable damage to material and set a splendid example to his fellow comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 19th August 1918 the 42nd Battery - in action to the East of ROSIERES (SE of VILLERS BRETONNEUX) - was heavily shelled by 4.2s and 5.9s. Several shells fell right on the position, wounded the Battery cammander (Major S.F. BODGENS, D.S.O.), ignited the camouflage and started a fire in a gun-pit. Sergeant DEAN and two others, at a great personal risk, remained at the position and carried the wounded officer to a place of safety. This done, he immediately returned to assist in extinguishing the fire. This timely and brave action probably saved the life of the Officer mentioned and prevented the guns and ammunition from being destroyed during a critical period.'

Discharge date26 April 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6335 Driver Albert Victor DEAN, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 1 May 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal and Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 October 1959
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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