William Knight DEAN


DEAN, William Knight

Service Number: 326
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, An original of C Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Creswick, Victoria, Australia, 24 February 1885
Home Town: Creswick, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: Creswick State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Creswick Honor Roll, Creswick School Pictorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 326, 8th Infantry Battalion, An original of C Company
19 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 326, 8th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
19 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 326, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

On the day of the landing at Anzac, Private Dean was seen to have been killed by a shell, along with 2 other men. He said they all buried together in some bushes about 50 yards from the shore. This information was given to the Red Cross by 283 Corporal Vale who was in the same C Company as Dean in July 1916.