Frederick Dean, Highfields man and Somme casualty


Title: 2008-28-004
Description: Frederick Dean, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum, DONRM : 2008.28.4 by-nc

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.

2 Responses to “Frederick Dean, Highfields man and Somme casualty”

  1. Debbie Griffiths

    Frederick “Fred” is my Great Grandad… My late Mother donated Freds Medals, BIble and Postcards to Doncaster Museum, ( I suspect to stop us kids arguing over who got them) Mum visited Fred’s grave at Eastern Cemetery Several times.
    Fred left 3 children and his wife Ellen Expecting a Fourth, unfortunately the pregnancy never resulted in a live birth and the youngest Hilda died shortly after of I believe Scarlet Fever.
    Ellen remarried but had no further children the marriage according to family speculation was due to being left destitute with a 4 and 2 year old, however Ellen’s 2nd husband was a good Stepfather and my Mum had fond memories of her grandparents.
    Fred left his wife Ellen and Daughter Olive and Son Fred Junior my Grandad…
    Fred senior and Ellen photo taken with Fred in uniform hangs in my Dining Room.
    Thank you for the interesting write up. Debs

    • Hi Debs, thanks so much for commenting. The items donated by your mother are currently on display in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum, in the project’s annual changing exhibition ‘From Don To Somme; the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry At War, 1916’. The exhibition is due to change at the end of this year, but there’s still time to come and see Fred’s objects on display. The opening times for the museum are;
      Monday and Tuesday- closed
      Wednesday to Friday- 10am to 4:30pm
      Saturday and Sunday- 10:30am to 4pm
      If you have anything else relating to Frederick that we can add to our story or would like to talk to me about the objects just drop me an e-mail at [email protected]


      Lynsey – Project Researcher, Doncaster 1914-18

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