John Samuel Deane

Service No 1905 DeaneJohnSamuel

Lance Corporal
48th Battalion

Born 28 July 1889 at Mount Pleasant, SA.
Son of John DEANE and Pleasant Ann nee KEMP, of McLaren Vale, SA.

Occupation prior to enlistment Labourer

Religion Church of England
Aged 27 years
Enlisted 1 March 1916 at Adelaide, SA. The Unit embarked from Adelaide, SA, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 July 1916.

Served France, Etaples, England.

Reported missing in action 11 April 1917. Court of enquiry 29 December 1917 determined he was killed in Action 11 April 1917 at Bullecourt, France (stepped on a mine)

No known grave

Commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial


Pictured on the Mount Pleasant Soldiers Memorial Hall Honor Board and listed at the Anglican Church and Presbyterian Church.


Family members speak of the story of John’s father’s dream that ‘he had just seen Jack blown to pieces’.  Red Cross reports confirmed his death. A Memorial service was held at St John’s Anglican Church in March 1918.