Other names: Robert
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Motcombe, DorsetNewark, NottinghamshireHarrow, MiddlesexFranceThe Rhine Area, GermanyNewcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire
Story: Robert Dean was born in 1894 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 1 Apr 1894 the son of Herbert Francis Dean, a carpenter, and Kate Ellen Dean (nee Adams). By 1901 the family had moved to Enmore Green, Motcombe, Dorset. By 1911 Robert was working as carpenter's apprentice. He enlisted on 3 Dec 1915 but was not mobilized until 22 Jan 1916 when he joined the Royal Engineers as a Private (Service No. 146048). After training and passing his proficiency Test as a Carpenter he was posted to France as a Sapper. Records show he was admitted to hospital in Dec 1916 after which he returned to duty. He was admitted to hospital again on 3 Aug 1917 and transferred back to England on 24 Aug 1917 to the Red Cross Hospital at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, where he remained until 24 Oct 1917. Just prior to his hospitalization he was awarded the Military Medal per an announcement in the London Gazette on 17 Jul 1917 - no citation can be found. The medal awarded was numbered 93815. Following his recovery he was posted to the 17th Field Company on 3 Apr 1918. After the Armistice he found himself in the Rhine Area of Germany and it was from here he proceeded to England for discharge on 30 Sep 1919. He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Dorothy N. Pepper in Newark, Nottinghamshire, in late 1919. They went on to have one son. By the 1939 Register he had moved to 64 Headstone Lane, Harrow, Middlesex, where he was working as a carpenter and joiner. He died in 1971 aged 77 years.