2623256 Ronald Cyril DEAN, Grenadier Guards & 3 Commando: 06/06/44

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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembering Today

    Casualty Details | CWGC
    Service Number: 2623256
    Regiment & Unit: Grenadier Guards and No. 3 Commando
    Date of Death: Died 06 June 1944
    Age 21 years old
    Buried or commemorated at RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
    Grave Reference: IVA. K. 10.
    Location: France
    Additional Info: Son of Walter and Alice Lavinia Dean; grandson of Elizabeth Abram, of Newby, Yorkshire.
    Personal Inscription: HE DIED FOR US
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Ronald Cyril 'Dixie' Dean was born on 18th March 1923 in Scalby, Yorkshire and attended Scalby Church of England School as a young boy. Prior to joining the services, Dixie was employed by coal merchants Messrs Fells before becoming a lorry driver.
    He enlisted in the Grenadier Guards, in Scarborough, when he was 19 years old and was keen to sign up on Normal Engagement so he could serve alongside his friends.
    Shortly before D-Day, Dixie was held at a sealed camp in Titchfield which was run by Americans. Avoiding boredom, the troops organised their own entertainment through five-a-side football matches, boxing matches and nightly cinema viewings.
    It was here that the troops were informed of 'Operation Overlord'.
    They were shown photos, given briefings and issued with French Francs, although any place names remained shrouded in secrecy. Their specific orders were to 'get to the bridges'.
    On the fateful morning, Dixie and his fellow troops were taken to Warsash before being boarded on landing craft and sent on their way to Sword Beach as part of the invasion of Normandy.

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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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