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DEAN M.B.E. (1960)
1917 Belfast, Northern Ireland
591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE
Enlisted in November 1937 Antrim Fortress Company.
Re-enlisted with the reformed Antrim Indep Field Squadron in 1947, became the Squadron Sergeant Major 28 March 1951. Awarded an MBE in New Years Honours 1960 for services to the Squadron.
His son joined the 591 Indep Field Coy.
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Robert Douglas Dean No. 21004587
Warrant Officer II (S.S.M.) [Squadron Sergeant Major]
591 (Antrim) Independent Field Squadron Royal Engineers (Territorial Army)
Initiating Officer Major B.R. White TD RE Officer Commanding 7 July 1959
"Strongly Recommended" - Brigadier G. Wort - 27 July 1959 Belfast
"Very Strongly Recommended" - Lt. Gen C.D. Parkes Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District - 28 Aug 1959
Place: Belfast and Various
Date of Action covered by citation: 1951-1959
Enlisted Antrim (Fortress) Company, Royal Engineers in November 1937
Embodied August 1939 to January 1946.
Enlisted in 591 (Antrim) Independent Field Squadron 1947
Has been S.S.M. of the Squadron since 28 March 1951
He is dedicated to the Corps of the Royal Engineers and the Territorial Army, which he joined when the first Territorial Army Unit was formed in Northern Ireland. On the reforming of the Territorial Army in 1947 he again joined his present unit, which is a direct descendant of the Antrim (Fortress) Coy. R.E.
By his high technical ability, his military bearing, his strict discipline and his leadership he has been responsible for raising the standard of efficiency of his unit to a very high level where it has been maintained.
His outstanding loyalty to his Squadron, devotion to duty, and his immense enthusiasm have been magnificent examples to all ranks.
Never failing in attendance, save through sickness, his continual work for the squadron has extended to his leisure hours, and through his civilian occupation he has many times arranged realistic and valuable training for the unit.
The welfare of members of the unit is constantly in his mind, and he has been directly responsible for placing many men in suitable employment.
The only surviving member of the Antrim (Fortress) Company R.E. he has maintained the units link with its past and has ensured the continuation of that link by bringing his son into the unit.
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