A Surrey boy dies a POW


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Frederick Charles Dean was born on January 11, 1893. He was the fifth of seven children.

His father, Henry, worked as a Colour-Sergeant at the Finsbury Barracks in London where they lived until 1895. At this time, they returned to his mother’s hometown of Camberley, Surrey. This is where Frederick grew up.

In 1913, while working as a builder, Frederick enlisted at Guildford to serve in the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. He had previously served and was a Private 3rd Class. Frederick became a part of the 1st Battalion. He listed his father, mother and three brothers as next of kin, though his father died in January 1914.

I do not know what battles he took part in or when he was taken prisoner, but he died in Parchim, Germany, as a POW while waiting to be sent home after the war. He passed away on December 31, 1918, aged 25, likely of exhaustion and starvation. For some reason, the records list him as being Frederick George instead of Frederick Charles, but the service number is the same and therefore it is him. His effects, being £133, were sent to his mother, Lucy.

He is the only of the seven Dean children I do not have a photograph of. Any information on Frederick or his two brothers, Will and Henry George, would be greatly appreciated.

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3 Responses to “A Surrey boy dies a POW”

    • Autumn Epple

      I am just checking back on this now, but bless you, Andrew! Where did you come across this information? His service file is badly damaged and difficult to read, I did not see it mentioned there.

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