Frederick Dean was born in 1890 in Alfreton, Derbyshire. Frederick moved to Highfields, residing at 1 South Street, and worked at Brodsworth Pit.
After the outbreak of war, Frederick joined the 10th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, serving as Private no. 20055. He reached France in October 1915. During the Battle of the Somme, Frederick was wounded and succumbed to his wounds on the 17th of July 1916. After his death, his wife received a letter from Lance Corporal Woodward, a comrade of Frederick’s, that was reproduced in the Doncaster Gazette in August 1916. In the letter, Lance Corporal Woodward states that he and Fred were ‘good pals’ and Fred often spoke to him about his wife and children. He reassures Mrs Dean that Fred will be buried in a nice cemetery that is well looked over and writes ‘please try to cheer up as much as you can, for the children’s sake.’ Fred was buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.