George Dean was the son of Tom and Annie Dean, of 21, Ashfield Rd., Rusholme, Manchester. He had been born in Manchester on 22/7/1897 and was 19 years old when he died. Tom was a printer.
Captain Stanley Kenworthy’s Service file includes a paper from the War Officer recording George as the informant “Before we reached the first German line, I saw Capt. Kenworthy – fallen – he wasn’t dead then. I was close to him…. a little later I heard a messenger come up to Lieut. Whittall and say the Capt. was dead — and he was to take command of the Company. We held Montauban” George is identified as a member of D Coy in Fulham Military Hospital and the report is dated 14th July. George’s statement indicates he had been part of the the Battalion as they liberated Montauban and he was probably wounded in the subsequent 36 hours as the Manchesters defended the village against counter-attacks and continuing German bombardment.
George had originally joined IXX Platoon of E (Reserve) Company and must have been transferred to D Company before he disembarked in France on 8th November 1915.
MEN 21st July 1916 reported “IN HOSPITAL. Manchester “Pals” Private George Dean, 21, Ashfield Road, Rusholme, severely wounded. He is an old Dulcie Avenue boy, and employed by Messrs, Barlow and Jones, Limited.”
MEN of 16th September 1916 recorded “ROLL OF HONOUR….DEAN. – On the 12th September, at the Fulham Military Hospital, from wounds received in action on July 1st, aged 19 years, Private GEORGE DEAN, Manchester Regt., the dearly-loved elder son of Tom and Annie Dean, 21 Ashfield Road, Rusholme. Internment at Birch Church, Rusholme. September 16th. ‘I am ready’ “
George’s younger brother was Arthur Kenneth Dean. In common with George, he was too young for overseas Service. George was still 18 at Montauban, below the minimum age of 19.
He died on 12th September and was buried at BIRCH-IN-RUSHOLME (ST. JAMES) CHURCHYARD. He is now Commemorated on the Southern Cemetery Screen Wall, although it’s possible his addendum entry has not yet been added.