Melvin John Dean

Private Melvin John Dean, H6975
Birch River, Manitoba
The Regina Rifle Regiment

Melvin John Dean was born on 11 July 1919 in Elgin, Manitoba 66km southwest of Brandon, Manitoba. He was a single child, born to Ella May Dean and John James Dean. Early in his childhood, Melvin moved to Birch River Manitoba, 356km northwest of Brandon, Manitoba and began life there. With leaving school at the age of 14 with only 5 years of attendance, Melvin began to work on William Ramsey’s farm. After that as a young and unmarried man, he started working as a truck driver. When Melvin was just 22 years old he enlisted in the Winnipeg Grenadiers in Dauphin, Manitoba.

On 11 November 1941 at the young age of 22, Melvin decided it was in his best interest to enlist into the military. He was still living in Birch River at the time when he went and enlisted in Dauphin, Manitoba. Melvin was taken on strength (TOS) as a private in Unit No.10.D.D. with the Winnipeg Grenadiers in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Upon enlistment he was sent to Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and attached for all purposes to the 100th Canadian Army Basic Training Centre on 5 December 1941 to train with his fellow troops.

After a couple of months of advanced training to become skilled with a rifle, Melvin was struck of strength (SOS) with the A-15 Infantry Advanced Training Centre. After a couple of busy February days he forfeited one days pays under art.149(1)A. for absence without leave in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  A similar incident occurred when Melvin was absent without leave from 0630 hours on 16 May 1942 to 2200 hours on 17 May 1942. His total amount of time absent without leave was 1 day 15 hours and 40 minutes in which he forfeited 2 days pay, which equaled a total forfeiture of 4 days’ pay, on 18 May 1942.

After things settled down for a bit, Melvin was training again in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was then transferred to Terrace, British Columbia on 1 June 1942. At this time he was absent without leave from 0600 hours 2 July 1942 to 2130 hours 3 July 1942. The total time absent was 1 day 15 hours and 30 minutes in which he forfeited 2 days pay, was awarded a forfeiture of 2 days pay, for a total forfeiture of 4 days’ pay, on 4 July 1942. Melvin was then struck of strength of the Winnipeg Grenadiers Canadian Army and attached to the Canadian Army Overseas on 11 September 1942. He embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 29 September 1942 landing in the United Kingdom on 8 October 1942. After reporting for duty, and being struck of strength to the Cameron Highlanders of Canada on 15 October 1942.

By this time, Melvin needed a little bit of a break. Melvin took personal leave for one week, from 13 November 1942 until 20 November 1942. After his week off Melvin went back to his usual routine, and continued on with his duties. A little over a month later Melvin was granted a daily regimental rate of pay $1.50 on 1 January 1943. After getting granted with a higher rate of pay, just over another month later, Melvin went on private leave for 7 days plus 48 hours on 8 February 1943 to 17 February 1943. After a couple of leaves and a higher rate of pay, Melvin was struck of strength for the education wing of Canadian Training Services on 31 May 1943.

After being taken on strength and struck of strength a multitude of times between May and September 1943, Melvin was awarded a Good Conduct Badge on 22 November 1943. He was also awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Following his two awards, Melvin went back to his duties and for just under a year continued his training in preparation for what would be the Normandy landings.  Melvin then embarked at the United Kingdom on 3 June 1944. According to the war diary the Regina Rifles left Southampton harbor on the south coast of England at 1000 am on 5 June.  At 0830 am on 6 June the diary states “A” Coy report that they were held up by heavy fire” on Juno Beach in the sector of beach known as Nan Green.  That was when his short life came to an end, when he was killed in action on 6 June 1944.

Melvin Dean just 24 years old, left on the Canadian landing crafts with the rest of the Regina Rifles and landed at the Nan Green sector at Courseulles-sur-Mer, east of the river on 6 June 1944. With one 75mm gun, one 88mm gun, three 50mm anti-tank guns, twelve machine gun pillboxes and two 50mm mortars plus an additional two 75mm guns on the flanks, Courseulles-sur-Mer was the most heavily fortified position of the Anglo-Canadian beaches.

Melvin Dean was awarded the One Good Conduct Badge and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp on 22 November 1943. Also he was awarded several war medals including; the 1939-1945 Star France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, and the War Medal C.V.S.M and Clasp. Melvin Dean was killed in action on 6 June 1944 and buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery in grave 4, row D, plot 9, in France. Melvin named his father Mr. John Dean, his next of kin. Melvin John Dean was just 24 years of age when he died.

Written by a student at Smiths Fall District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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