Percy Thompson Dean
Group of Naval VC winners at Wellington Barracks hosted by King George V. Percy Dean on left
|Born||20 July 1877|
|Died||20 March 1939|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Other work||Member of Parliament|
Lieutenant-Commander Percy Thompson Dean VC (20 July 1877 – 20 March 1939) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, and also a politician.
On 22 and 23 April 1918 at Zeebrugge, Belgium, after Intrepid and Iphigenia had been scuttled, their crews were taken off by Motor Launch 282 commanded by Lieutenant Dean. He embarked more than 100 officers and men under constant and deadly fire from heavy and machine-guns at point blank range. This complete, he was about to clear the canal when the steering gear broke down, so he manoeuvred on his engines and was actually clear of the entrance to the harbour when he was told there was an officer in the water. He immediately turned back and rescued him.
He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.
His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.
- "Percy Thompson Dean - WW1 memorial and Life Story". Imperial War Museum & D C Thompson. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
- "No. 30807". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 July 1918. p. 8586.
- The Four Blackburn VC's (HL Kirby and RR Walsh)
- The Corvette Navy (Stoddart, 2000)
- Monuments To Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Naval VCs (Stephen Snelling, 2002)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Percy Dean
- Location of grave and VC medal (Golders Green)
- The Raid on Zeebrugge
- Percy Dean at Find a Grave
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