Dean, William H.

William Henry Dean, Sgt 9699, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Died of wounds 7th May 1915 at Ypres, aged 32



William Henry Dean was born in 1890, the fifth son of Ellen and John Dean, a stone breaker, of 18 Pool Street, Macclesfield. In 1891, William was living at that address with his parents and older brothers Nathan (8), John (7), Peter (4) and Joseph (3).  Ten years later in 1901, the family was at 17 Pool Street, next door to the home of Alfred Leonard.

In 1911, William was serving with the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in India.




William attested at Macclesfield and was drafted to France on 15th January 1915. He died of wounds at the Second Battle of Ypres on 7th May 1915, aged 32 years.



Sgt William Dean has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel ref. 12 on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sgt William Dean, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Sgt William Dean is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and Park Street Methodist Church war memorials.

The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the inscription:

“In loving remembrance of W. H. Dean, from his mother and brothers”.

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