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Oscar James Dean

London Rifle Brigade

Oscar was working as a civil servant in Whitehall, when aged only 16 years and 2 months, he accompanied an older colleague and enlisted into the London Rifle Brigade. On 2nd August 1916 he was present on the first day of the battle of the Somme. He had previously walked the battle line in search of his older brother, Frank, who was a member of the London Scottish Brigade, only to be told that he w…