Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
Joseph Deans was born at Bilston in 1881. He was the son of William Deans, a Coachman, and his wife Rosannah. In 1891 the family lived at 345 New Hampton Road, Wolverhampton. Joseph became a builder's plasterer. He married Alice Mary Etheridge in 1908 and by 1911 they were living at Mount Pleasant, Coven, with their two infant daughters, Dorothy and Florence.
Joseph went into the Army in about August 1916, joining the 82nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He was probably in Belgium in time to be with his unit at the Battle of Pilkem Ridge and the Battle of Langemarck (phases of the Third Battles of Ypres). He died of wounds at 61 Casualty Clearing Station on 30th September, 1917 and is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Gunner Joseph Deans, 152559, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.