Lance Corporal Edward James Dean

 

 

Edward James Dean (or Deane) was born on 2 June 1889 at Bushmills, County Antrim, the second of fourteen children of carpenter (later cabinet-maker) James Dean and his wife Margaret (nee Gray). By 1911 he was living at Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, and working as a drapery shop assistant for merchant Robert Lynn.

Dean enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 4 or 5 January 1915 (No.1379 – later Corps of Hussars 71363). Soon after, however, he was attached to the 1/1st Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers), embarking for Egypt on 27 April 1915. There the regiment was dismounted. Through the war they saw service at Gallipoli (Suvla Bay), Salonika and Egypt. Whether Dean remained with them for the duration, or returned to the North Irish Horse at some point, is not known at present.

Dean was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 16 July 1919.

 

Five of Lance Corporal Dean's brothers served in the war. The caption to the photographs below, from the Larne Times of November 1916, reads:

The six soldier sons of Mr. James Deane, formerly of Bushmills, and now of Duncairn Gardens, Belfast. From left the names are. – Sergt James, R.I.R., wounded; Corpl. Malcolm, R.I.R.; Rifleman Matthew, R.I.R.; Corporal Edward, North Irish Horse; Private Allan, Royal Marine Light Infantry; and Petty-Officer Samuel, Royal Naval Air Service.

 

The article below, from the Northern Whig of 27 October 1917, gives further details about the wartime experiences of the brothers.

 

 

 

First newspaper image kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com).