W/1219 Corporal Norman Dean.

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R.F.A. (Welsh Brigade).

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 28 September 1917.

Dean was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 17 August 1917 reported, A SECOND HONOUR. In March last we reported that Corporal Norman Dean had been awarded the new "Certificate of Honour", for valuable work in no man's land on May 25th, 1916, he laid telephone lines close to Norvil's and Duck's Bill Craters which were not held, in order to get close observation of fire. This week news as been received that he has been awarded the Military Medal for a similar act of bravery, this being for devotion to duty and good work during the big push when he kept up communications throughout. He has been in operator in charge of field telephones for his battery. He has been complimented by his commanding officer and other officers of the battery.

Corporal Norman Dean (1219), whose wife resides at 2, Athol Street, Burnley, is in the Royal Field Artillery, Welsh Brigade. Before enlisting on the 1 February 1915 he was employed as a weaver and engineer. He is on the roll of honour of Holy Trinity Church where he was a chorister, he was also secretary of the Mitre Street Sunday School. He was also a prominent member of the church football and cricket teams. He set sail for France on Christmas Eve of 1915 and arrived in the firing line on New Years Day 1916. He has had many narrow shaves but has escaped unharmed so far. A brother, James, serving with the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment has been wounded once.

Corporal Dean was married two years ago, the occasion being a double khaki wedding when sisters married two corporals.