Robert J. Deans
Person Male Born 8/1/1913 Died 20/4/1941
Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Old Palace School, Bow, E3 on 20 April 1941.
Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this man: Auxiliary Fireman Robert John Deans was born on 8 January 1913 in West Ham, London, one the of the eleven children of Thomas Bell Deans and Emily Louisa Deans née Stevenson. His father was a Ships Boiler Maker/Repairer who died on 7 September 1927 when the family was living at 173 Coventry Road, Ilford, Essex. His father's estate was administered by a Harold Fossey. The 1939 England and Wales Register shows him as a single man living with his younger brother, Donald Leslie Deans at 144 The Grove, West Wickham, Kent. This house was also occupied by a Harold Fossey, his wife and child. His occupation is recorded as a Solicitors Clerk.
He joined the Auxiliary Fire Service and was attached to the West Wickham Fire Station. He died when a German bomb landed on Auxiliary Fire Service Sub Station 24U, which was housed in Old Palace LCC School, St. Leonards Street, Poplar, aged 28 years, on 20 April 1941. He was buried at Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, BR3 4TD.