37266 L/Corporal Wilfred Dean.

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2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 23 February 1918.

Dean was a native of Padiham, Lancashire.

From the Burnley News of 13 July 1918, Padiham Tradesman. Military Medal Winner Made Prisoner. The parents of Lance-Corporal Wilfred Dean, residing at 2, Villiers Street, Padiham, have received information that their son, who had been posted missing since March 24th, is a prisoner in Germany. Lance-Corporal Dean was in business as a green-grocer at 145, Burnley Road, Padiham, before he enlisted about eighteen months ago, and his wife now carries on the business. Last November he won the Military Medal whilst serving in the East Lancashires. He has seen some fierce fighting as a Lewis machine gunner, and on one occasion under a heavy German bombardment, he and several comrades were buried in earth by the explosion of a shell, and were dug out alive.

Lance-Corporal Dean states, on the postcard his parents have received, that he is a prisoner in Germany and is being "treated very well." He adds "Do not worry about me, I am quite all right, and I hope all of you are at home."