Harry Michael Dean

First Name: 
Harry
Middle Name: 
Michael
Last Name: 
Dean
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, September 20, 1890
Mother's Name: 
Mary Dean nee Bates
Father's Name: 
Arthur Dean
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, May 17, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Sergeant
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
Tunnelling Company
Company: 
4th
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, April 25, 1961
Place of Death: 
Port Kembla, N.S.W.
Details: 

Harry Michael Dean (Service No 3411), was born in Bundaberg, Qld.

At enlistment he was 25 years old, single and worked as a mining engineer.

Harry embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A69 Warialda as a Sergeant with the 4th Tunnelling Company on 22nd May 1916. He disembarked in England on 18th July 1916 and joined his unit in France on 29th August 1916. On 9th April 1917, Harry was wounded in action at Hill 60, Ypres, Belgium, during a German raid. He was evacuated to hospital dangerously ill with gun shot wounds to his back and both legs. Harry's left leg was amputated and it was some time before he was strong enough to be sent to hospital in England.

He was repatriated to Australia in January 1918 and discharged medically unfit, with a pension, on 22nd March 1918. 

Harry worked as a metalurgical chemist (metallurgist) in Port Kembla, N.S.W. after the war.  On 9th July 1918, Harry married Helen Cairncross and they raised 2 children. 

Harry died in Port Kembla, N.S.W., and is buried in Wollongong Memorial Gardens, Unanderra, N.S.W.

Many years later, one of Harry's letters home (dated 15th June 1917) written to a cousin while Harry was still in England recovering from his injuries, was found in a Bible at the Lifeline Book Fair, in Wollongong, N.S.W.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, DEAN H M

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