Rank: Private
Service Number: 29680.
Regiment: 3rd Bn. South Wales Borderers Died Sunday 25th February 1917 Age 18County Memorial Congleton
Grave\Panel Ref: L.17.
United Kingdom

Son of Mr. John Dean and Mrs. Leah Harris Dean, of 31, Langley, Near Macclesfield, Cheshire, Rawnsley College, Cannock, Staffordshire and later, 61a Antrobus St, Congleton, Cheshire. Horace was born in Sandbach, Cheshire. When he was 12 years of age and living in Langley, he attended school and part time was employed as a Printer. He had three sisters, Hilda Mary, Leah Millicent and Amy Kathleen Dean, along with one brother Philip Dean.

Extract from the Congleton Chronicle 1917.

Private Horace Dean, of the South Wales Borderers, left the dear ones at home to train for service on the 31st of January 1917 and was taken seriously ill in less than three weeks and died on the 25th of February 1917 at Seaforth Military Hospital. A young life with bright prospects looming on the horizon, he was but a boy of 18, it seemed a cruel blow to deal an invalid father and a devoted family. It is indeed hard to realise that such a bright young life has been suddenly cut off, but Congletonian's know that he gave his life in the service of his Country just as surely as those of our Honoured heroes who have died in battle. Knowing this, they will not forget the sacrifice, it would be foreign to the spirits of the people of Congleton to do so. Of a genial disposition Private Dean had made many friends. His remains were brought back to Congleton and were reverently laid to rest at St Peter's Church, Congleton.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank John and Christopher Pullen for this information on Horace.