George Albert Dean
Date of death: 7.4.1917
Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Family information: Husband of Ada A Dean nee Sinfield
Service number: 12/1384
“There is something very touching about the deaths of two Pomfret lads, miners, whose end came in France, from wounds sustained early this month. Their names are Private George Albert Dean, formerly of Friarwood, Pontefract and Private Squire Appleyard, late of Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract. The latter was before the War an employee at Featherstone Main Colliery. The two were pals, were both in the KOYLI, went to France together, fought side by side in that country and were fatally wounded by the same shell, which, alas, killed and wounded other comrades. Dean is 23 and Appleyard 22 and each leaves a wife and one child, the former’s living at Fishergate and the latter’s at Doncaster Road, both Ferrybridge. Appleyard has a brother Tom serving in the KOYLI”.
Extract taken from the Pontefract and Castleford Express 27.4.1917.
“Died of wounds 7th April 1917 in France aged 23 years, private in KOYLI late of Friarwood, Pontefract.
“Sleep on dear husband in a far off land, In a grave I may never see, But as long as life and memory last, I will remember thee”.
Loving wife, child and uncle.”
Pontefract and Castleford Express Roll of Honour 27th April 1917.
He is buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.
George Albert Dean was born in the third quarter of 1897 and his birth was registered at Leigh, Lancashire. He was the son of John and Florence Dean nee Walker who had married in the second quarter of 1891 and their marriage was registered at Leigh, Lancashire.
George Albert Dean married Ada A Sinfield in the fourth quarter of 1914 and their marriage was registered at Pontefract. In the 1911 census he was recorded as living with his uncle and aunt William and Jane Smith at Friarwood, Pontefract and working as a Pony Driver in a Colliery.