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Percy Thompson Dean
Group of Naval VC winners with the King. Percy Dean on left
Born (1877-07-20)July 20, 1877
Died March 20, 1939(1939-03-20) (aged 61)
Place of birth Blackburn, Lancashire
Place of death London, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Lieutenant-Commander
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
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.

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.[1]

He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.

After the war

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.



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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

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