Percy Dean

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Percy Thompson Dean
Group of Naval VC's - IWM Q66160.jpg
Group of Naval VC winners at Wellington Barracks hosted by King George V. Percy Dean on left
Born20 July 1877
Blackburn, Lancashire
Died20 March 1939
London, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsVictoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Other workMember of Parliament

Lieutenant-Commander Percy Thompson Dean VC (20 July 1877 – 20 March 1939)[1] 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.

Victoria Cross[edit]

Dean was 40 years old and a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

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.[2]

He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.


After the war, he was elected at the 1918 general election as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Blackburn, serving until the 1922 general election.

His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.


  1. ^ "Percy Thompson Dean - WW1 memorial and Life Story". Imperial War Museum & D C Thompson. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 30807". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 July 1918. p. 8586.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Philip Snowden
Sir Henry Norman
Member of Parliament for Blackburn
With: Sir Henry Norman
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Norman and
Sydney Henn